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The trade union is pressing ahead with a protected wage strike at Sibanye-Stillwater's gold operations, after the company stuck to its offer in the 48-hour notice period.
Amcu mine workers have voted to down tools at the operations of AngloGold Ashanti, Harmony Gold and Sibanye Gold, says union leader leader Joseph Mathunjwa.
Platinum producers say they have agreed with Amcu to allow the Labour Court to mediate in wage dispute.
Lonmin says it is "bleeding" because of the costliest mining strike in history and it may lead to its death if not stopped in time.
Lonmin has dismissed 235 essential services workers, the company says after they failed to return to work.
Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa has told striking miners in the platinum belt that the union is going to court, while Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has laid down the law.
North West police have, after numerous statements, appealed to political parties to stop fuelling tensions in the platinum belt.
Harmony Gold says a wildcat strike has broken out at its Kusasalethu gold mine near Carletonville in Gauteng.
The Labour Court will mediate between the three top platinum producers and Amcu from Wednesday with the aim to end the strike.
Lawyers for platinum producers and those of trade union Amcu have held mediation talks in the Labour Court.
Lonmin says it has lost a third of its annual production due to the mining strike, but will keep on trying to negotiate with the strikers.
Striking mineworkers carrying dangerous weapons and provoking the police is disturbing, says the Independent Police Investigative Directorate.
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa says the police will arrest leaders of the campaign of intimidation at the mines within hours.
The police have deployed additional officers to the platinum belt to protect miners returning to work.
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