Operations suspended at Northern Platinum mine after murder of employee

A man was killed, resulting in violent clashes have erupted between members of the NUM and Amcu.

Northam Platinum's Zondereinde Mine. Picture: Northam Platinum.

JOHANNESBURG - Mining company Northam Platinum has suspended operations at its Zondereinde mine in Limpopo following the murder of an employee.

The worker, who was a member of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), was killed yesterday in the town of Northam.

Since this morning, violent clashes have erupted between the NUM members and those belonging to rival union Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) as a result of the killing.

The violence has prompted the company to halt operations while investigations are underway.

The NUM spokesperson Livhuwani Mamburu says union representatives have met with mine management to discuss the issue.

"The situation is tense, but the NUM regional leaders met with Northam Platinum management this morning; and now they are meeting the NUM shop steward at the union offices there."

Meanwhile, the union says it wants to know the motive behind the killing of the 45-year-old man.

Mamburu says the man was a leading representative at the mine.

"An active member at Northam Platinum was gunned down yesterday afternoon at Northam. We don't know what the motive of the killing is. He was a branch committee member of the NUM at the mine."