Sibanye Gold, the dual-listed gold producer confirmed late on Friday that it has suspended six shop stewards belonging to AMCU at its Kroondal operations.

The suspension is pending internal disciplinary proceedings, for various charges including inter alia intimidation of employees.

One of the six is the AMCU branch chairperson against whom criminal charges have been laid with the South African Police Services after repeatedly making direct threats to a member of the Kroondal mine management.

Jean Nel, CEO of Sibanye’s Platinum Operations, commenting on the suspensions says: “The threats and intimidation made by AMCU representatives are unacceptable and will not be tolerated by Sibanye.”

“Management at Kroondal has been negotiating on various issues in good faith with the union. The unlawful manner in which the AMCU representatives behaved is of serious concern as it threatens the safety of our employees as well as the viability of the operation. In terms of the recognition agreement, the AMCU leadership have to accept accountability for any actions their representatives take”.