NUM: Worker killed in Rustenburg

Over the past few weeks, several deaths have been reported on the platinum belt.

The NUM says one if its members was killed in Rustenburg simply for having returned to work. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - A National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) member has allegedly been killed by striking miners in Rustenburg, the union confirmed on Thursday.

Workers affiliated to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) have been on strike for exactly four months, demanding a R12,500 basic salary.

Over the past few weeks, several deaths have been reported on the platinum belt.

There have also been claims that miners who want to return to work are being targetted.

The NUM's Livhuwani Mammburu says the union believes the victim was killed for simply going to work.

"He's one of the members who returned to work last week and he was threatened that if he continued to go to work, he would be killed."

Mammburu believes the Mozambican national was killed at Sondela squatter camp in Rustenburg.

Meanwhile, Amcu and the world's top three platinum producers, Lonmin, Anglo American Platinum and Impala Platinum, are locked in renewed talks in a Johannesburg court.

The negotiations are aimed at ending one of the longest strikes in South African history.

In an unprecedented move, a Labour Court judge is now mediating talks between the mining houses and the union in a bid to end the impasse.