Modise urges Amcu to stop strike

Thandi Modise is calling for an end to violence that allegedly took place at Amplats last week.

Thandi Modise is calling for an end to violence that allegedly took place at Amplats last week. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - North West Premier Thandi Modise has called on the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and mining houses to bring an end to the current wage dispute as parties prepare to meet at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) today.

Amcu is demanding a R12,500 salary for entry level miners as the strike enters its fifth day.

Talks with mine companies Anglo American Platinum, Implats and Lonmin are set down until Wednesday.

Modise is calling an end to the violence where it's being alleged that striking workers are intimidating non-striking workers.

A 37-year-old woman was reportedly hit with an iron rod at an Implats mine shaft on Friday.

In another incident at the same mine a fireman was pointed at a man.

Furthermore, a third case has been reported where a man claims his vehicle was damaged on Implats premises.

The CCMA's Nerine Kahn says today's talks will also include the issue of threats against non-striking workers.

"Both parties are trying to ensure a smooth running of operations in so far as the people who are not striking and also making sure that there are no incidents of violence."

No arrests have yet been made.

Meanwhile, the CCMA on Sunday described the first set of talks between mine bosses and the Amcu as "very positive".

Kahn said all parties recognised the importance of finding a mediated solution.