The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has emphatically condemned the violence against its members, which has led to an AMCU member getting shot in the leg at Kloof mine just hours after AMCU officially embarked on a strike across all Sibanye Stillwater’s operations.
AMCU can confirm that one of its members was shot and wounded in the leg by NUM members looking to entice violence from AMCU members.
Earlier today, ahead of the strike AMCU President Joseph Mathunjwa, reiterated that this would be peaceful and protected strike as per Section 64 of the Labour Relations Act. The President further emphasised that members from other Unions, that include NUM, Solidarity and UASA were free to report for duty as per usual after AMCU officially downed-tools ahead of Wednesday’s nightshift.
However, AMCU’s intentions of a protected strike have not been received positively by NUM, who have already signed an AMCU negotiated wage agreement with Sibanye Stillwater just two weeks prior.
Reports emanating from Kloof mine indicate that the AMCU member was shot just hours after the President addressed workers at Kloof who comprised of several NUM members in attendance.
AMCU can confirm that the victim is currently recovering at the Mine Hospital. Furthermore, AMCU can confirm that its members have not been allowed entry back into their hostels by Sibanye Stillwater security personal in an effort to discredit AMCU’s Protected Strike.
AMCU emphatically condemns this violence that is being perpetuated against its members and will continue to fight for the Economic Liberation and dignity of all workers.
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