South Africa – The South African Police Service (SAPS) and Sibanye Gold Protection Services have concluded a joint investigation into the inter-union conflict at Sibanye’s Beatrix operation which took place on 5 February 2015 (see 10 February 2015 story).
At this stage, 11 Beatrix employees implicated in the conflict will now face arrest by the SAPS, as a result of criminal charges brought against them. The SAPS is charging six of the employees with attempted murder and five with assault with the intent of grievous bodily harm.
Following the violence at Beatrix, Sibanye suspended operations until all the unions had committed to ensuring that their members refrain from any further acts of violence and agreed to co-operate fully with the investigation. Once all of the unions had committed themselves to co-existing and working together to create a conflict free environment, operations resumed at Beatrix on the evening of 9 February 2015.
Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye, commenting on the arrests says: “It is regrettable that this inter-union rivalry has resulted in criminal charges being brought against some of our employees. Sibanye respects the rule of law and, as agreed with the unions, will allow the law to take its course. Sibanye will also have to consider its options regarding its legal recourse regarding damages that the company incurred due to lost production. We trust that the outcome of the investigation will be respected by the unions and that we will be able to continue to operate in a peaceful environment where mutual respect is shown by all stakeholders.”