Sibanye Gold has reported that two of the four employees were seriously injured and are being treated at local hospitals.
The incidents are related to illegal industrial action which started on Monday, following a union membership verification dispute.
The membership verification process, agreed with the unions at the Cooke Operations and facilitated by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), commenced two weeks ago and is still on-going.
Sibanye Gold says that despite management engaging with the unions and repeatedly explaining the procedure, a group of employees embarked on illegal protest action during the night shift on Monday, 3 October 2016.
Neal Froneman, Sibanye CEO comments that it is “regrettable” that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has taken this course of action when all employees were fully appraised of the verification process.
“We are concerned about the acts of intimidation and violence and call upon all union members to respect the rights of other employees who wish to work.”
“We are in discussions with AMCU to resolve their concerns. The assault of Sibanye employees is unacceptable and we are investigating these incidents and will take strong action against the perpetrators,” says Froneman.
Sibanye Gold has called on the unions to ensure that their members show restraint.