Amcu members gather to resume pickets

Police have increased their presence at Lonmin in the wake of three killings on the weekend.

FILE: Amcu mineworkers show their membership cards during their march to Lonmin’s headquarters in Johannesburg on 3 April 2014. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

MARIKANA - Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members have gathered at their picketing sites this morning as police increased their presence in the wake of three killings over the weekend.

A total of four people have been killed since the wage strike by Amcu started in January but a settlement still seems unlikely, with mine bosses saying the union's offer remained unaffordable.

This morning non-striking workers were being escorted to their respective shafts by heavily armed mine security.

There's still little activity in the area but security has been stepped up at the entrance of Amplats's shaft.

Amplats CEO Chris Griffiths has said that despite the executives being paid huge salaries, R12,500 was still unaffordable.

Griffiths said the majority of employees wanted to return to work but feared the intimidation by the striking workers.

Meanwhile the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says it was concerned by the latest flare up of violence on the platinum belt.

The NUM's Livhuwani Mammburu said, "We have on several occasions called law enforcement agencies and security at the platinum belt to be on high alert and protect our members and other employees who are going to work, but that hasn't been happening."

Earlier police in the North West accused the leaders of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) of agitating mineworkers and fuelling tensions on the platinum belt.

The police's Thulane Ngubane said violence escalated after EFF leader Julius Malema endorsed the work stoppage.

Malema arriving at the EFF rally. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.