Sibanye-Stillwater obtains court interdict against unions

Sibanye-Stillwater has been granted an interdict by the Labour Court against the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers & Construction Union (AMCU). 

This after the wage strike by AMCU claimed its first life earlier in the week. 

NUM has alleged that the worker, who was killed on Thursday morning, belonged to the union, and had been attacked by AMCU members at Sibanye’s Beatrix operations in Welkom, Free State.

AMCU denied it was involved in violence, and blamed private security guards for escalating tensions.

The company filed an urgent court application on Thursday to prevent further violence and damage to property.

In a statement, Sibanye-Stillwater said it was granted an interdict against the unions committing acts of violence or intimidation, stopping other employees from going to work, and interfering with the mine's business or that of its service providers. 

The group's CEO Neal Froneman said Sibanye-Stillwater was "relieved to have received the interdict".

"[It will]ensure that non-striking employees must be allowed to exercise their right to work, in the same way as we have respected AMCU’s right to strike. The safety of our employees is our primary concern and we are hopeful that the levels of intimidation and violence affecting our operations since the strike began will reduce and we can avoid further tragic incidents."

Night shifts have been halted for the duration of the strike. 

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