Wildcat strike hits Harmony
● Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine west of Johannesburg has been hit by a wildcat strike triggered by the sacking of six leaders of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union for their role in a violent stoppage earlier this year.
Kusasalethu, which employs about 4 500 workers, has been a flashpoint for labour violence and strikes in recent years, threatening the viability of the mine.
Harmony spokesman Marian van der Walt said the strike began on Friday and only a fraction of the workforce had shown up for work on Monday.
The National Union of Mineworkers said four of its members at the mine had their houses and cars torched on Saturday night and were being intimidated from reporting for work — a pattern that has unfolded before.
Amcu officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
NUM and its arch-rival Amcu have been waging an often violent turf war for years that has seen dozens of miners killed.
Kusasalethu last year produced 141 000 ounces, about 13% of Harmony’s total production of just over a million ounces.