Amcu: There's no excuse for shooting at protesting miners

It’s understood guards used rubber bullets to disperse a group of protesters at the Shanduka Mine.

Bidvest Security reportedly shot at Amcu members as they were protesting on wages at Shanduka Mine. Picture: Twitter @_AMCU.

JOHANNESBURG - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) says there's n o excuse for the shooting of protesting members with rubber bullets by private security guards at the Shanduka Mine in Mpumalanga.

Workers have been on strike for four months over a wage dispute.

It's understood the guards used rubber bullets to disperse a group of about 20 protesters who were demonstrating outside the Wonderfontein Gold Mine yesterday.

The police's Kwapa McDonald says the protesters were blocking a harvest vehicle's entrance to a farm when security guards intervened.

He says an investigation is underway.

"We were called to the scene. A case of malicious damage was opened. Cases of malicious damage that took place there were opened and police are busy doing investigations in all the cases."

Amcu spokesperson Manzini Sungu says mine management will meet with the provincial leadership there to discuss the latest development.

"It's when security, who are employed by the mine, were called by the employer and proceeded to open fire on the miners."