Northam Platinum CEO: It's too early to say when operations will resume

The mine halted operations on Sunday after an NUM member was gunned down.

FILE: Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne. Picture: Facebook.com

ZONDEREINDE - Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne says it's too early to say when operations will resume at Northern Platinum in Limpopo.

The mine halted operations on Sunday after an NUM member was gunned down.

Dunne says the situation at the mine is still tense and resuming operations could make things worse.

"I don't think we can say just yet, it's too early. I think this is definitely a step in the right direction."

He says consultations with Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane earlier went smoothly.

He adds the mines priority is to bring the situation back to normality.

"This must stop. We are going to work together with our colleagues and we are going to put a stop to it."

The CEO insists the mine will continue to work with the police to bring those responsible for the killings to justice.

Meanwhile, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has accused Northam Platinum of lying about the union membership of miners who were killed earlier this week to portray the union in bad light.

Mine management released a statement this morning, saying its records show both miners who were killed belong to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

But both unions dispute this.

They maintain an Amcu member was stabbed to death on Monday during clashes and that it followed the murder of the NUM member the day before.

Amcu spokesperson Manzini Zungu says the mine has an agenda.