Shabangu plans to stop violence in mining

Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu. Picture: Regan Thaw/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu is preparing to meet with unions and the Chamber of Mines to come up with a plan to prevent further violence in the mining sector.

This is as Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) miners in Rustenburg return to their posts on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, all Amplats workers in the North West downed tools following violent clashes between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and mine security at the Siphumelele shaft.

Some 13 people were injured when police used rubber bullets to disperse miners.

Shabangu met with all the stakeholders on Tuesday. 

She said all parties involved agreed that an immediate intervention were needed to ensure peace.

The minister’s spokesperson Zingaphi Jakuja said, “The team is going to look at a blueprint that will say how we are going to operate going forward.”