Joseph Mathunjwa

AMCU president, Joseph Mathunjwa insists that the wage strike in South Africa’s platinum sector will continue.

Speaking to the Cape Town Press Club, he argued that Tthe Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members are being subjected to harassment and attacks and the mining sector has remained unpredictable as workers continue to die.

Amcuis holding firm to its R12 500-a-month wage demand for workers in the platinum sector, despite the fact that workers have already forfeitted R900m in wages.

Lonmin, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), and Impala Platinum (Implats) have revealed revenue losses up to R2bn to date and estimate that the loss to the South African economy is about R4bn. “Prolonged strike action will result in more losses, and a further restructuring of the platinum sector,” the producers said in a statement.

Producers and Amcu have adjourned negotiations and no date has been set for resumption.