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Northam Platinum workers refuse to return to work until Zwane meets them

The violence between the two rival unions forced the mine to halt operations for weeks.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) President Joseph Mathunjwa says the union's members, at Northam Platinum, will not return to work until Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane meets with them.

Last month, Zwane met with mine management, along with police and the majority union at the mine, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), following clashes that left two dead.

The violence between the two rival unions forced the mine to halt operations for weeks.

Amcu says by not being invited to the previous meeting, Minister Zwane, mine management, the NUM and the South African Police Service have shown that they are in collusion against it.

Mathunjwa says the so-called secret meetings have deepened divisions between the two unions.

"[Zwane] is failing the mining sector in terms on harmonising the work place.'

The minister says he did not invite Amcu to that meeting because it's tradition to only meet with the majority union, but did promise to arrange a separate meeting with the union.

Amcu, however, says nothing has yet come of that promise.