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Num NEC discusses mining industry

NUM says it's worried about the strike in the platinum sector which has resulted in violence.

Num’s National Executive Committee (NEC) is meeting in Johannesburg on Saturday 22 February to discuss issues facing the mining industry. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says it's worried about the strike in the platinum sector which has resulted in violence.

The union's National Executive Committee (NEC) is meeting in Johannesburg this afternoon to discuss issues facing the mining industry.

About 80,000 Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members have been on strike at Anglo Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin for more than a month, demanding a basic wage of 12,500.

Num's Frans Baleni has urged striking members to respect the rule of law.

"We're extremely worried about the strike in the platinum sector which has various victims in terms of violence and property damage. We're urging those participating in the strike to respect the rights of other workers while pursuing their agenda of a strike."

Baleni claims illegal miners smoke and melt gold underground.

Meanwhile, Johannesburg Emergency Services say they're hopeful their efforts to try and rescue illegal miners who are trapped underground in Roodepoort on the West Rand will be successful.

They resumed the search earlier today after it had been called off on Friday as officials felt the scene was too dangerous.

Emergency service's Nana Radebe says, "We hope that they will be able to locate the miners. The carbon monoxide gas has reduced so we're hoping we'll be able to find them."

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