Amcu continues strike as divisions deepen at Northam Platinum

While NUM members at Northam Platinum in Limpopo will return to work this morning, Amcu remains on strike.

FILE: Northam Platinum's Zondereinde mine. Picture: Northam Platinum.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says its members at Northam Platinum in Limpopo will return to work this morning, but the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) remains on strike.

Operations at the mine resumed last night after being suspended for over a week.

Yesterday, police announced arrests have been made in connection with last week's violence, which resulted in the deaths of two people.

After a meeting with Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane yesterday, the NUM's Livhuwani Mamburu says their members are going back to work because the people who allegedly killed their member have been arrested.

"The mine management has also guaranteed the safety of the workers."

But that's not the case with Amcu.

"We believe the minister was there and he met with the South African Police Service, mine management and the NUM. They concluded with a decision we are not part of."

Amcu says not being invited to the meeting yesterday shows the minister, the NUM, mine management and the South African Police Service are colluding against it.

The union says the secret meetings are deepening divisions at Northam Platinum.