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Mathunjwa not calling off Amcu strike

Amcu leader Joseph Mathunjwa says he will be guided by what the workers say.

Joseph Mathunjwa. Picture: Mia Lindique/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathunjwa says he's not going to call off the almost three-month long platinum strike, as he has not received any mandate from members to do so.

Mine workers at Lonmin, Amplats and Implats have stayed away from work without pay since January demanding a R12,500 salary.

A strike fund has now been established to assist them financially.

Mathunjwa says he will be guided by what the workers say.

"I'm their servant and fulfill the mandate of the members of Amcu. We haven't been mandated by our members to stop the strike."

Meanwhile, Mathunjwa on Tuesday dismissed suggestions that the strike fund has strangled the union financially.

Mathunjwa said that as long as mine bosses refused to meet their demand the strike would continue.

He said the fund would help workers financially as they continued with their fight to transform the sector.