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Amcu calls on Zwane to show leadership over Northam Platinum rivalry debacle

Since operations have resumed, NUM members have returned to work but Amcu is still on strike.

FILE: Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) leader Joseph Mathunjwa. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) is calling on Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane to show leadership in order to stop union rivalry at Northam Platinum.

The union says it should have been included in last month's meetings that the minister held with mine management, majority union the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and police.

The meetings followed clashes between the rival unions at the Limpopo operation that left two dead.

Since operations have resumed, NUM members have returned to work but Amcu is still on strike.

Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa says Zwane must stop showing favouritism to the NUM just because it's affiliated to the African National Congress.

"To me it's a one trade union that is affiliated to the ANC in terms of political alliance. I think it's just doesn't assist."

Zwane has since promised to arrange a meeting with Amcu but the union says it's still waiting for that to happen.

It says until that meeting, its members won't return to work.

Last month, Zwane met with mine management, along with police and the majority union at the mine, the NUM, following clashes.

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

Amcu said 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 said 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 said 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.

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