Jackson Mthembu. Picture: Sapa
Johannesburg - Global platinum miner Anglo Platinum
[JSE:AMS] wanted to divert its business from South Africa and send the
country's mining industry "to the dogs", the ANC said on Wednesday.
"The ANC condemns the action taken by Anglo American
Platinum Limited who have exploited and then mercilessly created conditions to
eliminate 14 000 jobs of which 13 000 are in the Rustenburg area," said
spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.
The company warned on Monday that it would axe 14 000 jobs
in a major restructuring of its operations.
The party called the decision "cynical and dangerous in
Minister of Minerals and Energy Susan Shabangu should call
an urgent industry meeting to have companies who wanted to mothball mine shafts
surrender their licences.
"Such licences can be put on a public auction for new
owners who are still hungry to mine, to put them to good use."
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