Johannesburg - Sibanye Gold has dismissed claims that five non-striking members at its Beatrix mine were attacked by striking National Union of Mineworkers members, the company said on Friday.
“Sibanye Gold Protection Services have subsequently investigated the allegations and have confirmed that there is no record of the incident at the operations or of the alleged victims at any of the hospitals and clinics in the region,” company CEO Neal Froneman said in a statement.
He said the claims were investigated alongside the SA Police Service where necessary.
“The company's protection wing maintained a visible presence throughout the strike and had set up a 24-hour hotline for employees to report cases of intimidation or other illegal activity,” Froneman added in the statement.
On Thursday night, the Association of Mining and Construction Workers (Amcu) said five of its members were beaten up by striking NUM members.
“Our members were attacked by members of the National Union of Mineworkers [NUM] in the morning, they have been taken to hospital,” said Amcu secretary Jeff Mphahlele.
“Our members are not on a strike. We are still negotiating. We expect our members to report for duty without being intimidated.”
Froneman said while there were sporadic incidences in the past week, the strike was relatively calm and peaceful. - Sapa