Situation still tense at Harmony Gold

A turf war between unions claimed two lives at Kusasalethu mine on Thursday.

Harmony Gold mine and miners

CARLETONVILLE - The National Union of Mineworkers (Num) appealed for calm at Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu mine near Carletonville.

Two men were killed at the mine.

Num's Zimisele Ponti said they were concerned because members of both unions lived together in the hostels

"It might be possible because it's all from the hostel dwellers. We just pray that this does not happen again."

The miners representative Sthembile Nqula said, "The situation can become very dangerous if miners begin burning things."

Nqula also said members of both unions worked during the same shifts and that some of those involved in Thursday's fight will have to report for duty at the same time.

Police have maintained a strong presence in the area.

Meanwhile miners said all the action would occur underground.

The cause for the altercation is still unknown with some miners said they were taunted by Num leaders while others said Amcu attacked Num's offices.

The police's Katlego Mogale said all these claims were now under investigation and a case of murder and attempted murder have been opened.

It is understood the fighting started when the miners arrived back at Kusasalethu's hostels.

One man was shot and another hacked to death during clashes between Num and rival union Amcu near the mine hostels on Thursday evening.

Another man was injured and had to be rushed to hospital.

Harmony Gold's Marian van der Walt said, "The company is busy monitoring the situation and of course, will provide additional assistance to police if required.