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Sibanye StillwaterMiningmx reports that innocent by-standers including children were injured in the violence triggered by the 12-week strike by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) at Sibanye-Stillwater’s gold operations, its CEO Neal Froneman said on Monday.  

Two incidents in January, which have not previously been reported on, underline the chilling backdrop to the strike.  In one incident, the family of a member of Amcu rival the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) had their house fire-bombed, with the mother and three children severely burned.  “We have been supporting the family, but it is terrible.  The children had 60% burns,” said Sibanye spokesman, James Wellsted.  In the other instance, an Amcu member who was mistaken for a NUM member was set alight and burnt to death.  Both incidents took place in the Free State.  NUM spokesman Livhuwani Mammburu confirmed the incidents, while Amcu officials could not immediately be reached for comment.  Sibanye is still producing gold at its strike-hit gold operations, but for security reasons, does not want to disclose the percentage of its workforce that has been reporting to work at its various shafts.  There have been disruptions, with no night shifts taking place because of security concerns.  But the strike is apparently not hitting Sibanye’s bottom line.

  • Read Ed Stoddard’s report on this story in full at Miningmx

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