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NUM slams Amcu's 'militant strategy'

The NUM says once striking in the mining sector ends it expects its membership to swell.

Platinum Mineworkers report for work at a Lonmin shaft in Marikana on 15 May 2014. Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says it's not surprised Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members are leaving the union to return to the NUM because of Amcu's militant strategy.

Eyewitness News spoke to dozens of miners at the Anglo, Impala and Lonmin platinum shafts this week, who claim thousands of their colleagues have decided to abandon Amcu.

Watch: Marikana: A town divided

The NUM says once the strike ends and the mines reopen, it expects its membership on the platinum belt to swell.

The union's regional secretary Sidwell Doqokwana says, "It is because of the treatment. You can't take adults and put them on strike for four months. And the levels of intimidation are very high so nobody can express his or her feelings."

Watch: Police crack down on Marikana violence

MINERS RETURN TO WORK

Meanwhile, violence on the platinum belt seems to be decreasing as more and more miners return to work today.

North West police say no incidents of intimidation or violence have been reported in the past 24 hours.

The police presence in the area was increased dramatically this week as Lonmin started escorting its employees to work.

The intervention also follows the murder of three mineworkers near Marikana. But since then, no arrests have been made.

North West police's Thulani Ngubane says the platinum belt has returned to calm since tensions flared earlier this week and allegations of intimidation made by the platinum companies.

"We can safely say that it all looks quiet at this point, there were no incident of violence or intimidation reported to the police."

The murder of three mineworkers last weekend sparked fears the area may descend back into violence and Ngubane says officers will maintain a high presence in certain areas to ensure peace over the next few days.

"We'll continue with the high presence in the areas, as we said, which is going to be consistently maintained."

Despite calls by Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa for non-striking workers to report intimidation, Ngubane says this has not happened and they have not made any arrests.

Watch: Soup kitchen feeds starving Marikana miners

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