Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

29 April 2014

South Africa: A Luta Continua, AMCU Decides, in Zuma-Free Marikana

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The strike continues. On Tuesday in Marikana, Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) members at Lonmin chose to keep striking for a living wage. The union has now rejected offers from the three platinum producers, including Impala Platinum and Anglo American Platinum. While President Jacob Zuma cancelled his visit to the area, workers were encouraged to honour their fallen comrades. By BHEKI C SIMELANE & GREG NICOLSON.

Down the dusty road to Wonderkop stadium, curls and curls of barbed wire line the entrance as if it were an animal enclosure. Nearby settlement Nkaneng is silent. Dogs walk about aimlessly with their tongues out under the hot sun. A short walk away, white crosses lie strewn on the koppie where police opened fire on mineworkers on 16 August 2012.

Inside the stadium, AMCU members sing what's becoming their trademark tune, "Khuza Mathunjwa khuza uZuma." They're calling on union President Joseph Mathunjwa to reign in Zuma. The stadium's stand is literally packed to the rafters. Thousands more Lonmin employees wait for their president on the grass.

The University of Johannesburg's Professor Peter Alexander is one of the first to address the crowd. "Amaaaaaaaadla," roars the white academic to laughter. Then he...

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