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headgear thumb medium80 122BusinessLive reports that the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has urged mining unions to engage in a peaceful and tolerant manner following a series of violent incidents in recent weeks.  

At least three people have died and several others were injured following renewed clashes between members of the Association for Mineworkers and Construction (Amcu) and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).  On Monday, the DMR said peace and stability were critical for “long-term sustainability” of the mining sector.  The renewed clashes emanated from a wage strike by Amcu members at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Beatrix mine in Welkom, which has since spilled over to its Driefontein operation.  But, Amcu’s Joseph Mathunjwa said while a death at Sibanye was “regrettable”, the union would not call off its strike.  He blamed the violence, which has included shootings, stabbings and beatings at the Beatrix, Kloof and Driefontein gold mines, on Sibanye and its security personnel as a mechanism to seek a court interdict against the protected strike.  NUM, which confirmed one of the slain mineworkers at Sibanye was its member, also had its own internal clashes to deal with.  Regional leader Ndlela Radebe was stabbed during a mass meeting meant to galvanise NUM members to return to work following a five-week strike against retrenchments at Gold Fields’ South Deep mine.  Police are investigating that incident.

  • Read the full original report by Theto Mahlakoana (with Allan Seccombe) at BusinessLive


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