S.Africa's mines minister calls on police to quell violence at Sibanye mine
JOHANNESBURG, March 5 (Reuters) - Growing unrest at
Sibanye-Stillwater's South African gold operations has left nine
people dead since workers downed tools in November, prompting
the country's mines minister to call on the police to step in
and protect the local community.
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has requested the
assistance of the Minister of Police to "restore and safeguard
the safety and security of the community" in Carletonville in
the west of Johannesburg, the mines ministry said.
"[The strike] has become violent, impacting negatively on
communities in the area, with nine deaths reported thus far and
an estimated 62 houses burnt down," the mineral resources
The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU)
has been on strike at Sibanye's bullion operations since
mid-November and plans to extend the strike to its platinum
mines as well as all other mines where the AMCU has members.
Sibanye-Stillwater said last month it could cut nearly 6,000
jobs at its gold mining operations, where AMCU has been on
strike since mid-November over a wage dispute.
Firms including AngloGold Ashanti, Harmony Gold
, Anglo American Platinum who received a
strike notice are awaiting a labour court ruling which will
decide if mineworkers' can embark on an industry-wide strike.
South Africa is home to the world's biggest platinum group
metals deposits and accounts for just over 90 percent of global
The police minister is expected to visit the area in the
next few days, the mines ministry said.
(Reporting by Tanisha Heiberg, editing by Louise Heavens)
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