Rustenburg - Security guards were posted at Anglo American Platinum's (Amplats) shaft entrances in Rustenburg on Tuesday.
“We are protecting mine property and workers,” said one guard who identified himself as 'Frank'.
Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members downed tools on Friday demanding that Amplats should not retrench 3300 workers. At the company's Bathopele shaft workers sat on cooler boxes next to their cars while others gathered in the shade of trees. Drivers in passing cars hooted and workers responded by whistling and waving.
“We do not want the mine to retrench other workers. This is not a wage strike,” said Pule Monei.
“I work here (at Bathopele). I am confident no one will be retrenched at this shaft. The strike is peaceful. I do not understand why there is such tight security.”
At the Khomanani shaft workers stood in groups, some leaning on a huge pipe near the railway line.
“The strike is on. We are waiting to be briefed about a meeting that is being held in Johannesburg,” said Klaas Mpondo.
He said should Amplats continue with the retrenchment it would test the anger of the workers.
“Dit sal die dag wees (That will be the day),” he said in Afrikaans, shaking his head.
On Friday, the company said the strike was only legal for Amcu members.
Members of other unions - the National Union of Mineworkers, Solidarity, and Uasa - were expected to report for duty. - Sapa