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Holomisa pledges support to Amcu

Bantu Holomisa says Amcu members should have more confidence in their leadership.

Bantu Holomisa says Amcu members should have more confidence in their leadership. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - As one of the longest standing strikes in the platinum sector continues, United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa has pledged his support for the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu)'s fight for higher wages.

Holomisa spent the weekend campaigning at Impala Platinum (Implats) in Rustenburg where he donated R10,000 to the union's strike fund aimed at helping mineworkers.

More than 80,000 Amcu members went on strike three months ago, demanding a R12,500 basic salary but companies are offering increases of between seven and 9,5 percent.

The mass action has already cost the companies more than R13 billion while employees have lost R6 billion in wages.

Holomisa says Amcu members should have more confidence in their leadership.

"They must make sure the leadership and the employers must never bang the doors to each other but they must continue until they find a solution."

Meanwhile, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) said last week it hopes Amcu will realise the financial effects of its three-month-long strike and accept its new wage offer.

Amplats, Implats and Lonmin are offering a R12,500 salary to workers by mid-2017.

Amcu said it will meet with the CEOs of the companies to discuss what the offer entails.