AMCU awaits Harmony Gold verdict

Harmony Gold staff will on Thursday know if they will be able to stay at Kusasalethu mine.

Suspended mine workers at Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu mine in Carletonville. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) will find out on Thursday whether its members will be allowed to stay on at Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu mine in Carletonville.

The mine shut down operations earlier this month following a series of protests.

A South Gauteng High Court judge is due to rule on AMCU's urgent application this morning.

Harmony Gold's Barry Frans told the court the mine is unable to open as it cannot guarantee the safety of anyone living inside its hostels.

But AMCU's Ivan Miltz said miners should be allowed to occupy the hostels as some have been living in camps outside the shaft and a church because they have nowhere else to go.

Franz also argues Harmony Gold has arranged for workers to be transported home and insisted they knew by late last year that the shaft would be closing.

Workers have been trying to get access since the mine shut down earlier in January, as a result of wildcat strikes.

The mine has since stopped all operations and the fate of some 1,700 employees remains uncertain.