SABC News reports that the Congress of Traditional Leaders of SA (Contralesa) has said the continuing strike by members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), Impala Platinum (Implats) and Lonmin in Rustenburg is counter-productive. Thousands of workers downed tools on 23 January. Contralesa president Setlamorago Thobejane said the industrial action was affecting the miners' families and that the strike had passed the stage of an employer/employee dispute and had become a societal issue. This was evident on Friday when women from Marikana and surrounds also joined the strike in their own way by holding a march calling for the strike to come to an end. Thobejane said efforts to meet with Amcu representatives have failed. "The only time that we managed to meet Amcu it was on the 6th of March. I met president of Amcu personally, I discussed with him that there is a need for us to find a quick solution on this matter before it split into other sectors of life,” he indicated. In the past week, Amcu warned Contralesa not to interfere in the matter.
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