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Northam Platinum welcomes arrests following deadly violence

Six suspects linked to the deadly violence at its Limpopo operation have been arrested.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Northam Platinum has welcomed the arrest of six suspects linked to the deadly violence at its Limpopo operation, and says it's confident that production will fully resume by next week.

Workers downed tools last week after two miners were killed in clashes that broke out between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).

Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane later met with mine management and majority union, the NUM.

He has also commended the police on the progress made in its investigation.

Yesterday, the mine said it had lost at least R13 million a day in revenue during the work stoppage.

Spokesperson Marianne Brouwer says they are pleased that operations have partially resumed.

"The South African Police Service did announce the arrest of a number of people. I believe those investigations continue. As long as we see progress on both sides, I do believe that we will have a situation that is close to normal very shortly."