Uncategorized 25.1.2014 06:00 am

NW police call for calm during strike

FILE PICTURE: Amcu members sing and dance as they protest  in Rustenburg, North West yesterday. Picture: Alaister Russell.

FILE PICTURE: Amcu members sing and dance as they protest in Rustenburg, North West yesterday. Picture: Alaister Russell.

North West police have called on the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) to do all it can to ensure its striking members refrain from violent acts during the current strike on the platinum belt.

This comes after violent incidents were reported on Thursday night, following a ratherĀ quiet start to Amcu’s indefinite strike.

Speaking to Saturday Citizen yesterday, North West police’s Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said the SAPS had received reports of road barricading and other incidents.

“This includes a group of about 50 people barricading a road between Jabulani Hostel and Khuseleka shaft with burning tyres, stones and rubble.

“In another incident in the early hours of yesterday, a furniture shop was burnt to the ground at Wonderkop in Marikana. A case of arson is being investigated,” Ngubane said.

He said traffic also had to be redirected after passing motorists travelling on the road between Chaneng and Shaft 12 in Luka were pelted with stones.

“The police are still following up on the incident and, should it be confirmed that those who are involved are members of Amcu, the union will be held to account.

“No arrests have been made in these violent incidents,” Ngubane said.

He said no further incidents were reported during the second day of the strike.

 

 

 

 

 

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