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South African Minerals Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has called for the deployment of police in Carletonville, Gauteng where mining strike violence spiked in the last four months.

Mantashe said on Wednesday that he would speak to Police Minister Bheki Cele about the deployment. “When people are killed, it’s not longer a strike, it’s violence. It’s miners houses that are being burnt down.”

Miners at Sibanye-Stillwater mine belonging to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) downed tools last year over wage dispute, while other labor unions such as Solidarity and the National of Mineworkers (NUM) signed agreements.

Nine people have been murdered and over 60 houses set alight in violent strike.

Solidarity’s General Secretary Gideon Du Plessis told Xinhua on Wednesday that the police must be brought in to deal with the violence. He also said violence was taking place in the mine hostels and homes in the close vicinity of the mine.

Du Plessis further said that even “children have been seriously injured in the violence,” adding “Night shifts have been cancelled due the violence.”

The NUM’s spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu told Xinhua that its members have been attacked both in Carletonville and Sibanye mines in Beatrix in the Free State. He said the threats and intimidation are aimed at preventing members from going to work.

Mantashe said while workers’ rights to strike are enshrined in the constitution, those not part of the industrial action have a right to work.

“People must exercise their right to strike, but those who want to work must be allowed to do so,” the Minister said. Enditem

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