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Sibanye StillwaterTimesLIVE reports that Sibanye-Stillwater has initiated an internal investigation amid allegations the company failed for months to resolve an impasse which led to the murder of a miner by a co-worker.

Boinehelo Lefefa, charged with the murder of Alcino Macovo, appeared in the Westonaria Magistrate's Court on Monday. The case was postponed to Thursday for a formal bail application. Lefefa was last week allegedly caught on camera stabbing Macovo to death, disembowelling him and trying to behead him, before taking a selfie with the corpse. It emerged last week that the impasse between the two started about five months ago when Macovo allegedly assaulted Lefefa underground. A representative of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in the same shaft said Lefefa was on sick leave for quite some time and when he returned to work he and Macovo were apparently given final warnings. The NUM representative alleged the company did not take enough steps to resolve the matter amicably and offer reconciliation services. Lefefa and Macovo allegedly continued to work in the same shaft while tensions continued to simmer between them. Sibanye-Stillwater spokesperson James Wellsted said: “The incident is under investigation and we are conducting our own internal investigation, including the allegations made by the unions.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Phathu Luvhengo at TimesLIVE

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