On Saturday, 1 February 2014, at about 05:00 in the morning, about 20 AMCU members blocked roads leading to Impala Mineral Process Plant with the intention of preventing other employees from going to work.
It is alleged that during that incident, a vehicle belonging an employee of Impala Mineral Process Plant was damaged with a knobkerrie by one of the protesters. The suspect was pointed out on the spot by the victim whose vehicle was damaged.
The suspect, a 26 year old who is an AMCU Shop steward at Impala 11C shaft was arrested for malicious damage to property. He will appear in the Bafokeng Magistrate’s Court on 3 February 2014.
The suspect was on bail on a separate case of attempted murder during the time of his arrest on Saturday, and is due to appear in the Bafokeng Magistrates Court on 6 February 2014. Police will ask the court to revoke his bail application as he was on bail on strict conditions
“This has been happening on numerous occasions, even though police have consistently pleaded and engaged both AMCU leadership to make sure that they control their members and make sure that they conduct their strike within the confine of the law.” said Brigadier Thulani Ngubane, North West Police Spokesperson.
“The police reiterate a call to ask AMCU leaders to take full control of their members on the ground and ensure that there is respect of the law and authority. Incidents like these must never happen again as it is the responsibility of their organisers to deliver a peaceful strike that is free from lawlessness and intimidation. With continuation of this contravention of the law police will take legal action against AMCU leaders as the lawful organisers of the strike”, said Ngubane.