Rustenburg - South Africans should support the pay strike in the platinum mining sector, the SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) said on Wednesday.

“It is in the interest of the country and its people to support the platinum belt workers and forget the political alignments,” said North West provincial secretary Packet Seaketso.

“This is... a national crisis. We are not going to allow this massacre to continue.... Our people still live in poverty and are slaving for R4500 and all of us are (seeing) nothing wrong.”

Seaketso said trade unions should put their differences aside and unite as workers.

Members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) at Lonmin, Impala and Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) downed tools on January 23, demanding a basic monthly salary of R12,500.

They rejected an offer by the companies to bring their pay to R12,500 by July 2017.

The labour court is mediating in an attempt to resolve the strike. - Sapa