Sibanye Gold has suspended operations at its Beatrix mine following a violent clash between employees from rival unions.

The clash saw nine mine workers injured in the clashes between members of the National Union of Mineworkers and the rival Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, the company said in a statement. Injured employees were taken to hospital for treatment.

“Sibanye management condemns this regrettable incident, and urges all of its employees and the leadership of AMCU and NUM, to work together in the interests of employee safety and to ensure peaceful co-existence,” Sibanye said in the statement.

Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye commented: “We have high health and safety standards which we will not compromise. As such, we will not expose any employee to the risk of violence and as a result of this regrettable hostility between the unions, we have decided to suspend operations at Beatrix until peace and order has been restored. I urge AMCU and NUM leadership to work together with us to intervene and normalise this situation in the interest of the safety of their members.”

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