Amcu urged to control members
The North West premier has condemned acts of violence by striking Amcu members.
JOHANNESBURG - North West Premier Thandi Modise says she's disappointed following violence and the intimidation of non-striking workers by members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).
There have been several reports of incidents by striking Amcu members who have been barricading roads and throwing stones at motorists.
An Amcu shop steward was arrested yesterday for malicious damage to property.
Authorities say around 20 Amcu members blocked roads leading to the Impala Mineral Process Plant preventing other employees from going to work.
The suspect allegedly damaged a car that was intending to pass through the area with a knobkerrie.
Modise's spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele says the premier condemns the acts of violence.
"Premier Modise wishes to remind workers that their right to strike is protected in the constitution. The rule of law has to be upheld and peace maintained to ensure the protection of life, properties and the advancement of the rights of all."
North West police have called on Amcu leaders to control their members.
The police's Thulani Ngubane says there will be consequences if such incidents persist.
"We are saying to leaders of Amcu that if these kinds of tendencies continue to happen, it will be upon us as the South African Police Service to take the law book and throw it at them."
The 26-year-old suspect is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow.
Around 100, 000 miners downed tools just over a week ago.
They are demanding a minimum salary of R12,500.
The union has rejected a revised wage offer by platinum producers and are adamant that they won't settle for less.