Talks aimed at ending a six-week platinum miners' strike has fallen apart after producers rejected a revised wage demand.
Claims by Joseph Mathunjwa that a peace group, formed to abate labour-related violence in the North West, targets Amcu members are false, say police.
In the first sign of compromise by the union during wage strikes this year, Amcu has revised its demand. But firms say it is still too high.
Attitudes of platinum producers and the majority union continue to harden as the strike enters it 6th week.
A new union for platinum miners in Rustenburg, the Workers' Association Union, plans to meet mining companies to end the strike immediately.
Impala Platinum Holdings and the NUM has acknowledged claims about the formation of a new mining labour union in the platinum belt in Rustenburg.
The second biggest platinum producer is reporting good earnings despite a wage strike entering its sixth week.
A contempt of court application against Amcu has been delayed in the Labour Court, says Anglo American Platinum.
South Africa looks ill-prepared for a time when the ruling party no longer has credibility as a stabilising force, writes Rapule Tabane.
Amcu's refusal to revise its wage demands reflect little regard for potential job losses, says platinum producers.
Platinum miners would rather endure the "short-term pain" of losing millions each day than give up ground on a wage settlement.
The commodity rallied as an ADP research institute report showed US companies added less jobs than was forecast.
Talks aimed at resolving an Amcu strike on the platinum belt will resume on Monday and contine for three days.
Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa has told about 1 500 workers that the media has been peddling lies about the union's strike in the platinum sector.
An Amcu strike on the platinum mines has kicked off and is set to disrupt operations accounting for about 70% of global output of the precious metal.
After a court postponed its ruling on an interdict to stop Amcu members from gold-mine strikes, the union says its platinum protests will be peaceful.
A planned Amcu strike in the gold sector could go ahead after an application to prevent it has been postponed by the Labour Court.
The Workers and Socialist Party says Joseph Mathunjwa's planned protest action will give the ANC exactly what it wants - another violent strike.
While Solidarity says a strike by Amcu members would yield no results, the labour minister says the market is entering a turbulent period.
Five Amcu shop stewards want to meet with president Joseph Mathunjwa to discuss his allegations of corruption.