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Gold Fields strike ends

Goldfields mine says an illegal strike by the workers has come to an end.

About 3,000 men gather outside the Goldfields' KDC gold mine in Westonaria to hear Former African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema address them over labour disputes on 3 September, 2012. Picture: Govan Whittles/Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - An illegal strike at Gold Fields' KDC mine on the West Rand has officially ended, mine management confirmed on Wednesday.

Earlier this week, some 12,000 workers went on strike to protest against the National Union of Mineworkers (Num).

Workers claim the union was stealing money from them by deducting R70 from the salaries for funeral policies, without their consent.

Goldfields spokesperson Sven Lunsche said they were pleased that things would return to normal.

"Underground shifts will start on Wednesday night."

On Tuesday, Num President Senzeni Zokwana addressed a mass meeting at the mine.

He announced that disgruntled members would have a meeting with branch leaders on Wednesday.

Zokwana also accused former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema of agitating the workers by telling them to make the mines ungovernable.