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NUM members will not return to Northam mine until safety assured

Jun 07 2016 11:29

Johannesburg - Members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will not return to work at Northam Platinum's Zondereinde mine until their safety is assured after a spate of murders, a spokesperson for the union said on Tuesday.

Northam suspended production at the mine on Monday after a worker was fatally stabbed during a clash between members of NUM and its arch rival, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).

A NUM member was gunned down on Sunday and the union says six of its members have been murdered at Northam since last year.

The NUM represents a majority of the worker's at Zondereinde mine, which produces about 300 000 ounces of platinum a year.

Operations at the mine remained closed for a second day.

amcu  |  northam platinum  |  num  |  unions  |  mining  |  platinum
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