Johannesburg - A sit-in by about 1700 workers at the Harmony
Gold Kusasalethu mine ended on Friday afternoon, the company said.
"After several discussions between the relevant
parties, the 1700 mineworkers who participated in a sit-in at Kusasalethu mine
returned to surface," said spokeswoman Henrika Basterfield.
The company said discussions would continue next year as the
mine would be closed during the festive season.
The workers staged the sit-in demanding that their fellow
employees, who have been suspended, be reinstated.
The employees and contractors were suspended after taking
part in an unprotected strike last week.
Ten mineworkers were hurt on Thursday in a clash with
security guards and police at the mine.
Two were suffering from inhaling tear gas and the other
eight were hit by rubber bullets fired by private mine security and police.
Late last month two workers were killed and a third injured
during violence believed to be the result of rivalry between Amcu and the
National Union of Mineworkers.
Management, the recognised unions, and Amcu, have been in
talks about ending conflict at the mine since workers ended an unprotected
strike on October 25.
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