JOHANNESBURG, Oct.5 (Xinhua) -- A striking miner has been found dead and police was probing into his death, local media reported on Friday.
The miner's body was discovered on a hill near the Anglo American Platinum in the North West Province, where striking miners from Amplats had gathered to demand more wages.
The striking miners leader Gaddhafi Mdoda said police fired teargas and rubber bullets when the striking miners refused to disperse on Thursday.
However, police could not confirm the death on Friday, saying they were investigating the matter.
The mine strikes in the North West province have spread to different mines across the country and some of them have turned violent.
Miners at Anglo Gold Ashanti Mponeng gold mine, also in the North West province, continued with their strike on Friday, demanding over 2000 U.S. dollars for monthly salary.
Though police have warned the miners against carrying dangerous weapons, most of them carried sticks and iron rods.
The miners' representatives said they are committed to engage in a peaceful strike until their demands are met.
On Thursday South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) met with the chamber of mines in an attempt to find a solution to the mining strikes that have now spread across the country.
"All parties agreed that unprotected and unlawful strikes affect the country and its economy, the related stakeholders would work together to find lasting and sustainable solutions to the problems besetting the industry," the ANC said in a statement on Friday.
Mine owners also agreed to do their best in improving the living conditions of their miners, including their accommodation and the communities where they live.