Amcu shop steward killed in clash with police

Amplats says the man was killed when police tried to clear a barricaded road.

Amcu members listen to the union's president Joseph Mathunjwa ahead of the union's strike on 23 January. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - An Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) shop steward has been killed in a clash with police at an Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) mine, where workers were holding a strike to press for higher wages.

The world's biggest platinum producer said the worker was killed in a "violent outbreak" when police tried to clear a barricaded road leading to the company's Union mine in the northern Limpopo province.

It did not provide further details and Limpopo police could not be reached for comment.

The death of the Amcu steward is likely to keep tensions high in the platinum mines, many of which have been at a standstill since the Amcu-led strike started around three weeks ago.

Workers are demanding a R12,500 minimum monthly salary.

The two other companies affected by the strike are Impala Platinum and Lonmin.