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Thousands strike as trouble flares at South African mine


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Thousands strike as trouble flares at South African mine

South Africa’s mining sector has again been hit by unrest.

Up to 4,000 workers have staged a sit-in strike underground in protest at the firing of four union leaders.

The workers at the Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) mine near Rustenburg in Pretoria say they won’t leave the mine until the four are reinstated.

The leaders of the AMCU union were suspended after allegations they submitted fraudulent membership applications in a bid to inflate union numbers.

There has been bitter rivalry between the AMCU and NUM unions, resulting in strikes and assassinations. Vice president of the ANC, Kgalema Mothlante announced on Friday that the unions had reached an agreement.

Earlier this year, in September workers called for the mine to be shut down, angry at low wages.

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