Amcu: 7 injured in clash with police

Police used rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse striking Amplats workers.

FILE: A picture taken on October 6, 2012 shows workers standing outside the Anglo American Platinum mine in Rustenburg. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Seven striking miners have been injured at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats)' Khuseleka 1 shaft following clashes with police, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) said on Tuesday.

Officers used rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse around 3,000 workers at the Rustenburg facility in the North West.

At least two miners were arrested.

It is understood police opened fire on a large group of the miners after they refused to disperse from an illegal picketing site.

Amcu is currently leading a wage strike at Amplats.

Several clashes have broken out at Khuseleka where daily pickets have often led to roads being blocked.

As many as 100,000 workers at Amplats, Impala Platinum and Lonmin are demanding a R12,500 salary, which Amplats claims is effectively a doubling of wages.

Amcu shaft steward at Khuseleka Jacob Khoza says the situation has now clamed this afternoon.

He asked workers to clear the road and vacate the area.

The news comes shortly after the Presidency issued a statement condemning the violent nature of protests in South Africa.

At least eight people have been killed this year alone, mostly during service delivery protests.

President Jacob Zuma warned protestors to practice peaceful and responsible demonstrations, in-line with constitutional principles.

Last week, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega also issued a call for peace.

Meanwhile, the annual Mining Indaba is underway in Cape Town, with labour relations one of the key discussion points.