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Minister’s intervention at Northam Platinum welcomed

Mosebenzi Zwane met with mine management, police the NUM over violent clashes at the Northern Platinum.

FILE: Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Parliament's portfolio committee on mineral resources has welcomed the intervention by Minister Mosebenzi Zwane at Northam Platinum.

The minister met with mine management, police as well as the majority union at Northern Platinum, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), to discuss this week's clashes that have claimed the lives of two miners in Limpopo

Chairperson of the portfolio committee on mineral resources Sahlulele Luzipo says they are confident the minister's intervention will bring about stability at the mine.

"He has been able to probably prevent what could have been the worst case scenario."

Minister Zwane believes he has done all he could to restore calm.

"I've given it my best shot and I believe something positive will come out of it."

But the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has accused the minister of having secret meeting with mine bosses, the police and NUM

Amcu says it was not invited to talks.