Amcu lashes out at NUM

Amcu has vehemently denied its members were involved in the latest attack on non-striking miners.

FILE: Amcu President Joseph Mathunjwa addresses hundreds of union members. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has denied its members were involved in the latest attack on non-striking miners after the homes of two workers affiliated to a rival union were petrol bombed.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has accused Amcu of targeting its members for refusing participate in its wage strike on the platinum belt.

The claim follows two petrol bomb attacks on homes belonging to NUM members in the Sefikile village on Tuesday night.

Several deaths and claims of intimidation have tainted the strike in recent weeks.

About 70,000 Amcu members have been on strike on the North West platinum belt for over four months in the longest and costliest mining strike South Africa has ever seen.

Workers are demanding a basic salary of R12,500 per month.

Amcu President Joseph Mathujwa has lashed out at the NUM for blaming his members for all violence on the platinum belt.

"The NUM is blaming anything on Amcu, so what is it that you can take from them"

But the NUM's Frans Baleni says workers need to protect themselves because police are simply not doing enough to protect non-striking miners.

"Its ones constitutional right to ensure you are not harmed. Defending yourself is defending yourself."

Earlier on Wednesday, the NUM released a statement which called on members to defend themselves, their families and their properties as police are doing too little to protect them.

Baleni reiterated the call, saying members simply have to look out for themselves now.

"Enough is enough. Nobody must take away our members' lives. They must decide how to defend themselves, depending on what danger is confronting them."

Newly appointed Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi said on Wednesday that the latest talks between union leaders and mining bosses stalled once again.

Ramatlhodi has established an inter-governmental technical team which will meet with Amcu and mine bosses today in a bid to resolve the crippling strike.