Police have reported that a miner has been attacked and killed by group of men at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats. Police spokesman Thulani Ngubane said that the man was attacked and set on fire by four armed men as he was on his way to work yesterday. The man died from his injuries this morning, and his identity and union affiliation have not yet been released.
Since the beginning of the strike five weeks ago, there have been several incidents of violence reported, including an Amplats employee who died following a clash with the South African Police Services (SAPS) and another Amplats employee who was in a critical condition after an assault at the mine.
Amplats took immediate action, calling on the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) to comply with picketing rules.
Amplats chief executive, Chris Griffith has accused Amcu of trying to achieve its wage demands through “violence and criminal acts,” and is exploring the option of trying to have the strike declared illegal by the courts because of the actions of Amcu.
This comes as concerns increase about the strike turning violent after threatened to achieve its wage demand of a R12 500 basic monthly salary for miners “however necessary.”