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Mining sector hit by wildcat strikes

Harmony Gold, Anglo Platinum and Boko Platinum mines are reporting cases of wildcat strikes.

Striking miners at Anglo Platinum. Picture: Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - Tensions are still high at several of South Africa's mines, where wildcat strikes continue to affected operations.

Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu mine in Carletonville confirmed more than 5,000 of its employees downed tools on Wednesday.

Company spokesperson Marian van der Walt said operations have come to a standstill.

"A mass meeting took place and management met with the unions."

Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has also suspended operations at its Rustenburg mine due to violence.

Spokesperson Mpumi Sithole said striking miners tried to burn down a building at one of the mine's shafts.

"We are aware of ongoing acts of violence. We can confirm that nobody was injured."

In Limpopo, Bokoni Platinum miners were served with an interdict, ordering that more than 4,000 workers return to their posts.

The company also issued notices to workers that disciplinary hearings will begin on Friday.

Miners there downed tools on Monday.