Sibanye Gold has confirmed that it has suspended six shop stewards belonging to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) at its Kroondal platinum mining operations near Rustenburg in North West, pending internal disciplinary proceedings for various charges including intimidation of employees.
One of the six is the Amcu branch chairman against whom criminal charges had been laid with the South African Police Service after repeatedly making direct threats to a member of the Kroondal mine management, the company said in a statement.
“The threats and intimidation made by Amcu representatives are unacceptable and will not be tolerated by Sibanye,” Sibanye platinum operations CEO Jean Nel said in the statement.
“Management at Kroondal has been negotiating on various issues in good faith with the union. The unlawful manner in which the Amcu representatives behaved is of serious concern as it threatens the safety of our employees as well as the viability of the operation. In terms of the recognition agreement the Amcu leadership have to accept accountability for any actions their representatives take,” Nel said.