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EFF blames ANC for platinum strike

The EFF says the ANC should not blame 'white foreign forces' because govt itself could not resolve the strike.

The EFF says the ANC should not blame 'white foreign forces' because govt could not resolve the strike. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said the ruling party is blaming 'white foreign forces' for the ongoing platinum sector strike because government failed to resolve the wage dispute.

About 70,000 miners have been on strike at Lomin, Amplats and Impala for nearly five months now, making it the longest mining strike in South African history.

Following the ANC's national executive committee meeting over the weekend, Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said 'white foreign forces' were trying to destabilise the country's economy.

The EFF said it's unapologetic about its support for the mineworkers' demand of a R12,500 entry level salary.

The party said the ANC was trying to downplay the miners' demands by saying 'white foreign nationals' were behind the strike.

Meanwhile, Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi set up a task team to mediate talks between the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union and the platinum producers, but there's been no progress in terms of reaching an agreement.

Government argued after today it would be up to the two groupings to continue negotiating.

The strike has cost billions of rand which has put the country on the brink of a recession.

Video: Mines and Amcu re-enter talks.