NorthamReuters reports that, after a spate of murders, workers at Northam Platinum’s Zondereinde mine said on Tuesday they would not return to work until management and police provided them with safety guarantees.  

This was despite appeals from the company that it was safe.  Northam suspended production at the mine on Monday, while on Tuesday it urged workers to return to work.  The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) pointed out that one of its members was the victim of a fatal shooting on Sunday and that five other workers had been murdered at Northam.  Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president, Joseph Mathunjwa, said members of his union would not return to work as they still felt unsafe.  “How are workers going to go back when they are being attacked and stabbed?,” he asked.


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