7 March 2014

South Africa: In Pictures - AMCU Takes to the Union Buildings

As South Africa's platinum strike drags on for almost three months, miners and their family are battling to survive without pay. ( Resource: Hunger, Anxiety as South African Mining Strike Wears on )


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.

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...

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