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Amcu strike: Mathunjwa appeals for peace

The union leader says striking members must not be agitated by those who choose to work.

Joseph Mathunjwa. Picture: Mia Lindique/EWN.

MARIKANA - Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathunjwa said he appealed to his members to remain peaceful and not become agitated by those who chose to return to work.

Dozens of miners reported for duty this morning at several Lonmin shafts under heavy police guard.

Non-striking miners reporting for duty in Marikana. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

It is not clear if they were Amcu members or non-striking workers.

Mathunjwa said the rules around the strike were clear.

"Our members should remain as peaceful as they were when the strike started on 23 January. They must not allow the detractors to incite or instigate them."

Earlier the Amcu president accused the police of taking sides in the ongoing conflict in Marikana.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and National Commissioner of Police Riah Phiyega at a press conference in Marikana. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

Mathunjwa yesterday addressed thousands of miners at Lonmin's Marikana mines as the company expected most of the union's members to end the strike and return to work.

Thousands of miners in Marikana gathered at the stadium to be addressed by Amcu leaders. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

Four people, including three miners, were killed in the past week in what is suspected to be strike-related violence as the strike enters its fourth month.

Mathunjwa said the police should have been deployed to the area much earlier when Amcu members were being attacked.

Video: Police crack down on Marikana violence.

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