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Published: Thursday June 5, 2014 MYT 7:36:41 PM
Updated: Thursday June 5, 2014 MYT 7:38:59 PM

South Africa's Amcu union says wage demand 'non-negotiable'

Miners on strike chant slogans as they march in Nkaneng township outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg May 13, 2014.  REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Miners on strike chant slogans as they march in Nkaneng township outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg May 13, 2014. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's AMCU union president said on Thursday the union's 12,500 rand (696.2 pounds) per month wage demand was "non-negotiable", dashing hopes of a speedy resolution to the five-month stoppage pushing Africa's most advanced economy towards recession.

"The 12,500 rand is still non-negotiable. AMCU members are steadfast and we are not turning back on 12,500 rand," Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) president Joseph Mathunjwa told Reuters.

(Reporting by Mfuneko Toyana; Editing by Ed Cropley)

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