Mail & Guardian writes that the country is holding its breath as tensions in the platinum sector continue to add up to what many see as a toxic cocktail for the struggling industry. A volatile market, delays in the Farlam Commission and new union recognition agreements, accusations of political favour-finding, union in-fighting, a perceived lack of government intervention and looming wage negotiations are dogging the industry. Against this backdrop, suspicion between rivals unions Amcu and the NUM is growing, as violent deaths continue to stack up on both sides. The factors have combined to create a situation that some view as strikingly similar to the one that ushered in the violent deaths of 44 people at Lonmin nine months ago. Meantime, the DA was called on the Minister of Labour, Mildred Oliphant, to mediate for calm earlier than she did last year. “The earlier she steps up to the plate the better. The DA will support any reasonable intervention she makes to cool the temperature and calm tempers between the unions," said a spokesperson.