Sibanye Platinum claims R26.8-m from Mineral Resources minister Mosebenzi Zwane and three DMR officials, for losses during mine safety stoppages.

Sibanye Platinum is acting against Zwane, and the acting chief inspector of mines, Xolile Mbonambi, and two senior inspectors in North West province, where Sibanye operates Kroondal mine.

Production was suspended at the two mines after the inspectors ordered a safety stoppage at the mine in August 2016.

The officials have 20 days to serve notice that they will dispute the claim, otherwise an order will be made against them.

Mbonambi said the department had not yet received any details of the summonses and regarded stories that it was about to receive such notices as “a rumour”.

At the time, Zwane said: “Our differences should not be taken as people at war with each other. We are not. We are not at war with Sibanye, or AngloGold or any other person.

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