The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union’s (AMCU) strike at Impala Platinum, Anglo American Platinum and Lonmin has entered its seventh week. On Thursday, 12,000 supporters marched to the Union Buildings. They presented a memorandum demanding Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu be sacked and President Jacob Zuma intervene to stop government’s antagonistic stance towards the union and help end the platinum negotiations. By GREG NICOLSON & THAPELO LEKGOWA.
A late group of AMCU members march into the Union Buildings gardens led by the man in the black shirt from Implats. He was recently charged for illegal firearm and ammunition possession but was treated like a hero. Members said the police framed him. Photo by Greg Nicolson.
“Forward to a living wage”, an AMCU member listens to the union’s speeches at the Union Buildings. Photo by Greg Nicolson.
The Pretoria streets came to a standstill as AMCU members marched. There was a heavy police presence, including nyalas, a water cannon and a helicopter overhead. At times, the police stopped marchers to make sure they stay in a tight knit group. Photo by Greg Nicolson.
A street vendor packs up her goods as marchers pass. There were no reported incidents of looting or violence from the march and AMCU members repeatedly told store owners and vendors they were safe. Photo by Greg Nicolson.
School children cheer as the mineworkers pass. Photo by Greg Nicolson.
AMCU President Joseph Mathunjwa yells “Amandla!” to the marching workers. Photo by Greg Nicolson.
AMCU President Joseph Mathunjwa arrives at the march under an umbrella. Photo by Greg Nicolson.
An AMCU supporter expresses his belief in Mathunjwa. Photo by Thapelo Lekgowa.
An enormous crowd of approximately 12,000 people turned out to march to the Union Buildings. Photo by Thapelo Lekgowa.
A worker says Lonmin must pay up or get out of the country. Photo by Thapelo Lekgowa.
A worker stands steadfastly by the demand for R12,500. Photo by Thapelo Lekgowa.
A worker prays as the march continues around him. Photo by Thapelo Lekgowa.
AMCU’s Joseph Mathunjwa addresses the 12,000-strong crowd. Photo by Thapelo Lekgowa. DM