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Amcu: 'Not even Zuma will stop us'

Amcu members are refusing to lower their latest wage demand.

FILE: Amcu members are refusing to lower their latest wage demand. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Amcu members are refusing to lower their latest wage demand, putting more pressure on the state to intervene.

Thousands of members marched from Marabastad to the Union Buildings in Pretoria today to hand over a memorandum to the government and mining bosses.

The union has revised its demand for wages to be increased to a minimum R12,500 over the next three years.

Amcu president Joseph Mthunjwa has told thousands of members at the Union Buildings that not even Jacob Zuma will be able to stand in their way over their wage demand.

The marchers brought traffic to a standstill in the area, with Mathunjwa marching with the workers.

Some are wearing their green union T-shirts with Economic Freedom Fighters party red beret while holding up placards demanding better wages.

The Amcu leader is expected to address his members before handing over a memorandum to Zuma's office.

Mathunjwa blamed mining bosses for the strike, saying they were exploiting workers.

Workers sid the way the state and mine bosses were responding to their strike was unacceptable.

Members said if Lonmin mine management could not afford the R12,500 salary increase then they should step down.

They said Zuma spent taxpayer's money on his Nkandla homestead, while they could not make ends meet.

It's unclear who will receive the memorandum on behalf of the government.