Hundreds of mine workers at the Royal Bafokeng’s Rasimone Platinum mine in Rustenburg in the North West are concerned that they will lose their jobs.

This follows the closure of two shafts by the Department of Mineral Resources.

Role-players and unions allege that the closure of the shafts was a retaliatory move after the mine terminated a contract with a Gupta-owned company, three weeks ago.

NUM spokesperson Livhuwani Mamburu says, “Since the contract was terminated, we have seen so many inspectors going to the Royal Bafokeng Platinum closing down the shafts that really affects our members jobs. We do not know how long those operations are going to be closed.”

He says their members are not going to be paid.

“If we go to operations where there have been fatalities, we do not see sections 54 being implemented and close down the mine. We want to know why they are suddenly targeting Bafokeng,” adds Mamburu.