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Amcu's Gama denies sexual harrassment claim

Jimmy Gama has denied claims that he sexually harassed a former member of his union.

FILE: Jimmy Gama. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) treasurer Jimmy Gama has denied claims that he sexually harassed a former member of his union by sending explicit nude pictures of himself over on his cellphone.

Gama has been implicated in the 'sexting' scandal but claims he had a genuine friendship with the woman which escalated after they started texting on Whatsapp.

The woman has since opened a case of sexual harassment against Gama at the Magaliesberg police station and the union leader has said he was willing to cooperate with the investigation.

But Gama said he could not make any further comments until the matter was heard in court.

"I'm afraid to make light comments because I have heard that the lady has reported the matter to the police so it's going to be a legal issue. So in that context I don't want to say things that might compromise myself."

Meanwhile, Amcu's strike for a basic salary of R12,500 is on the eve of its twelfth week with no end in sight after the union launched a special fund to sustain its members.

While there have been reports that Amcu has resumed meetings with platinum bosses this week, the cost of the strike now stands at R12 billion to companies and nearly R6 billion lost in wages by workers.