Mineworkers are the Impala Platinum mine are demanding action be taken against unelected AMCU officials who they accuse of being engaged in corruption. The workers allege that these non-election union officials have taken bribes of R5000 by the owners of ImPlats. ImPlats management claim that the money was paid as part of an agreement initially negotiated by the NUM to 'upgrade' the pay of all union representatives. Implats group executive for corporate relations Johan Theron claimed that the AMCU demanded the same treatment for its representatives. Clearly Implats were happy to oblige and will sit back and watch the AMCU go the way of the NUM.

Workers allege that they have been threatened when they raise questions about these bribes to the 'Top 10' union officials. One union activist who was serious wounded when shot by the police during a strike in 2012 claims he has been sacked by the AMCU for demanding an investigation over the misappropriation of monies raised from the mineworkers to fight a legal battle with the NUM over control of ImPlats shares owned by the mine workers. Vuyo Maqanda claims that R100 was collected from all AMCU members but the money was diverted into the pockets of corrupt AMCU officials.


The Workers and Socialist Party has called on the AMCU to estanlish a rank-and-file investigation into the allegations of corruption and reject any call that the police or mine management should investigate allegations of corruption in the union.