Amcu shocked that its members were shot at
Police say it’s understood private security guards used rubber bullets to disperse a group of protesters.
JOHANNNESBURG - Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) says it's appalled that 20 of its members were shot with rubber bullets and injured while protesting at the Shanduka Mine in Mpumalanga.
The union says workers have been on strike for four months now over wage disputes.
Police say it's understood private security guards used rubber bullets to disperse a group of protesters demonstrating outside the Wonderfontein Coal Mine yesterday.
They say the protesters were blocking a Harvest vehicle's entrance to a farm when security guards intervened.
The police's Kwapa Mcdonald says investigations continue while no arrests have been made.
"While they were busy, allocated to the demarcated area where they were supposed to stand in their protest, it was alleged that Bidvest Security guards came to them to disperse them using rubber bullets."
But Amcu spokesperson Manzini Zungu says there is no excuse for the behaviour as the strike is legal and taking place in a protected area.
"Some of them are in hospital and are in a serious condition but there have been no fatalities reported."