The mineral resources department has urged unions in the mining sector to engage in a peaceful and tolerant manner following a series of violent incidents in recent weeks that have claimed one life. At least three people have died and several others were injured following renewed clashes between members of the Association for Mineworkers and Construction (Amcu) and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). Members of the two unions have resorted to violence as their rivalry deepened since Amcu replaced Num as the majority union at a number of mines in the platinum belt in 2012 and some gold operations. On Monday, the department said peace and stability were critical for “long-term sustainability” of the mining sector in light of the renewed clashes, which emanated from a strike by Amcu members at Sibanye-Stillwater Beatrix mine in Welkom, which has since spilled over to the Driefontein operation. On Friday mineral resources minister Gwede Mantashe met the mine’s bosses to find ways o...

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