Mathunjwa - Amcu going to court

Mathunjwa - Amcu going to court

2014-05-15 05:30

Marikana - The president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, Joseph Mathunjwa, has told striking miners in the platinum belt that Amcu was going to the labour court next week to prevent the mining companies from by-passing the union.

He was referring to the decision by the mining companies - Lonmin[JSE:LON], Impala Platinum [JSE:IMP], Anglo American Platinum[JSE:AMS]to contact striking miners directly to inform them of their latest offer.

Amcu members downed tools on 23 January, demanding a basic monthly salary of R12 500.

They have rejected the offer of 10% that will see them earning a minimum of R12 500 by 2017.


The companies said they could go no higher given rising costs and depressed prices.

Mathunjwa said the union had moved from an initial demand of R12 500 immediately and suggested the increase be spread over four years.

"If it was not for the arrogance of the chief executives, an agreement could have been reached," he said.

Lonmin's chief executive Ben Magara said on Monday that restructuring and job cuts were inevitable as it posted a steep fall in six-month earnings.


Meanwhile residents of Mmaditlokwe near Marikana burnt tyres and blockaded roads on Wednesday, demanding the release of 16 people arrested for public violence.

Community leader Msokoli George said residents took to the streets on Tuesday after a massive blast at Tharisa chrome mine on Monday.

He said 14 women and two men were arrested on Tuesday night for public violence after they embarked on a protest.

Residents have vowed not to sleep until the 16 have been released.


They told Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa that they would only be satisfied if the 16 were released and their concerns pertaining to water, electricity and roads were attended to.

Mthethwa, who was on his way from Marikana police station, told residents that he would be back on Thursday, together with mine management and Rustenburg municipal officials, to resolve issues of concern to the community.

He told them those who were arrested were no longer in the hands of the police but were the responsibility of the courts.

Residents heckled Mthethwa as he tried to calm them down and explain the processes that led to the arrests.

Mthethwa said at a news conference later: "The rule of law reigns in South Africa ... Anarchy is not what is going to be accepted."


He vowed to crack down on violence against platinum miners who were trying to return to work and arrest "within hours" strikers he said were behind a campaign of intimidation.

Amcu's arch-rival the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said its members were unable to return to work because of Amcu intimidation.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions in the North West called for tolerance and an end to intimidation in the area.

"We do not want see the other Marikana tragedy," provincial secretary Solly Phetoe said in a statement.


Trade union Solidarity asked for miners to be protected from intimidation, particularly as workers were "extremely vulnerable" once they returned home after shifts.

Platinum's price, despite Wednesday's moves, had largely taken a muted response to the stoppage as traders said there were sufficient above-ground stocks to meet demand, which remained far from robust.

The strike has also hurt already sluggish growth in South Africa and rating agency Moody's said on Wednesday the country's credit rating remained under pressure.

  • Hans Baer - 2014-05-15 06:40

    The management must address these issues as soon as possible. They must pay the miners money they are looking for.

      sipho.masango.714 - 2014-05-15 06:55

      Yes the mines will pay them 12500, so after 8 months down the line if the miners demands 18000, should the management pay them that as well? HuH?

      Pierre Pretorius - 2014-05-15 06:56

      Hans - if the mines where to pay the workers the R12500, all three mines will close within a year. Then what?

  • Thabiso Cyril Phatshwane - 2014-05-15 06:46

    As the mine have hostels they should remove those who are on strike and put those who are not and put security guards and police on those mines.

      Amos Sambo - 2014-05-15 07:05

      That can be good but the problem is one..if u are staying local they will burn ur house with ur wife n kids while u r in hostel

      John Stoltz - 2014-05-15 10:31

      Thabiso what you say is noble, but remember you are here dealing with the master idiot followed by generally lazy, unproductive, brainwashed dumwits, who are taking immoral law into their own hands !!

  • Moudy Mudzielwana - 2014-05-15 07:03

    AMCU is julius organisation

      Lindiwe Mcata - 2014-05-15 09:36

      And i'm sure Julius promised Mathunjwa hell and earth.

  • Jay Ramodiana - 2014-05-15 07:20

    When they done with platinum mines Amcu should move into gold and coal mines demand the same R12 500 basic salary. Its obvious if platinum bosses grant this all the mine workers will want the same. Mzansi we going under

  • epie.duplessis - 2014-05-15 07:23

    Fire everyone on strike and put those thousands of jobs back on offer for the millions of jobless who would be to grateful to work for half the asking price. Get more people in jobs and grow this economy on economic principles of supply and demand.

  • Jacob Molife - 2014-05-15 07:53

    Little knowledge is dangerous

      Andile Malinga Fana - 2014-05-15 22:59

      Mathunjwa he is a evil man he think his own*sad*

  • Andrew M - 2014-05-15 08:02

    Just wonder who is arrogant? Seems more like the AMCU union leaders are the ones being arrogant. After all the discussions and offers placed before the miners, as well as affordability, they are still pushing for continued strike action.

  • Johannes Lerato Motsai - 2014-05-15 08:54

    How to describe mathunjwa :: a cold blooded animal, simple

  • Mzwandile Japhta Magibitji - 2014-05-15 09:11

    This is getting out of hands, South African government must intervene in this matter. people are killing each and everyone is aware that the only thing that can stopping the strike is an increase that they have been demanding since last year. unions leaders and government leaders must view this matter in a very serious light of concern, otherwise many people still going to die and the country economy will be in a very bad state.

      Andile Malinga Fana - 2014-05-15 22:52

      Mzwandile also mathunjwa is a bad influance nsice like when increase be like that they can't get it, mathunjwa must go to hell

  • Butch Evans - 2014-05-15 13:59

    It's easy for Joseph Mathunjwa to say stay strong he has the money to live a good. He is livin off the membership fees!

      SaintBruce Bruce - 2014-05-15 15:57

      Until they run out and he can't buy airtime to tell the workers what to do next......perhaps he has no airtime which is why the mines are communicating with the workers directly???

      Andile Malinga Fana - 2014-05-15 22:42

      Stupid man he think his own*sad*

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