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Amcu strike: Ramatlhodi to leave negotiations

Ngoako Ramatlhodi said he'll no longer be involved in further negotiations regardless of the outcome.

Ngoako Ramatlhodi said he'll no longer be involved in further negotiations regardless of the outcome. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - The mineral resources department said it will pull out of negotiations in the platinum wage dispute even if parties do not come to an agreement tomorrow.

About 70,000 Amcu members downed tools in January at Impala Platinum, Anglo American Platinum and Lonmin, cutting 40 percent of global production of the precious metal.

The department is set to meet with mining bosses and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) to try and finalise negotiations over a strike, which has been going on since January.

Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi said he will no longer be involved in any further negotiations regardless of the outcome of tomorrow's meeting.

Amcu members at Lonmin, Impala Platinum and Anglo American Platinum are demanding a basic monthly salary of R12,500.

The minister's spokesperson Mahlodi Muofhe said, "Monday's meeting should be the last meeting he will be attending. He believes the parties can take the matter forward."

Earlier Ramatlhodi said he hoped to resolve the strike in the platinum sector.