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NUM members down tools at Twickenham Mine

The union says 524 of its members have gone on strike, demanding the re-instatement of 165 employees.

FIEL: The union is demanding the re-instatement of 165 employees at the mine whose contracts were terminated. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Hundreds of miners have gone on strike at Anglo Platinum's Twickenham Mine in Limpopo.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says 524 of its members have downed tools in the province.

The union is demanding the re-instatement of 165 employees at the mine whose contracts were terminated.

Meanwhile, NUM last week warned its members not to participate in any activity or meetings convened by the United Front, expelled National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), or former Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

The union said groups only tried to destruct the union members and to divide the federation.

Vavi was expelled during a vote by a special central executive meeting in March while Numsa's expulsion came soon after it decided not to support the ANC in the general election last year.

NUM's Livhuwani Mammburu said, "There are terms to divide NUM by this element, that's why we're saying that NUM as part of Cosatu, support the decision to expel Numsa and its former general secretary."