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Numsa calls on govt to intervene in Lanxess mine stalemate

National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has called on the government to intervene and assist in negotiating a peaceful end to the standoff.

Outside the Lanxess Chrome Mine in Rustenburg where miners staged an underground protest against a mine captain who was alleged to have sexually assaulted and victimised a female employee. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG – Wednesday marked exactly one week since workers at Lanxess Chrome Mine in Rustenburg staged an underground protest against a mine captain who was alleged to have sexually assaulted and victimised a female employee.

National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has called on the government to intervene and assist in negotiating a peaceful end to the standoff.

The union has also accused mine management of not allowing food to be taken down to the striking workers underground.

Spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola said: “They’re clearly not interested in a peaceful resolution to the strike. It’s obvious they do not want it to end peacefully.

“We also call on the Mineral Resources Department to assist us in the negotiations to avert the strike so that our members can be brought back to the surface safely.”

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