Cosatu calls for mine bosses to be prosecuted

2011-05-04 10:54

Expressing support for protests against mining fatalities, labour federation Cosatu in the North West today called on government to prosecute mining bosses in non-compliance with safety legislation.

“Our workplaces must be safe at all times, not only when there are inspections,” Cosatu’s provincial secretary Solly Phetoe said in a statement.

“We are losing members, we are losing union leaders, we are losing parents and we are losing community leaders due to the attitude of the mine bosses, who care about production to make profit for their own capitalist program of self-enrichment,” he claimed.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is planning protests and a day of mourning to highlight its concerns over mining fatalities, it said yesterday.

NUM’s national executive committee said it “noted with serious concern” a 27% rise in mine deaths on a month-to-month comparison to end of March this year, as compared to the same period last year.

It resolved its regions would begin with “build-up” protests leading to an industry wide day of mourning to be observed later this year.

Phetoe said the department of mines must release a report on those killed and left disabled by mine accidents. He called on the government to provide compensation to their relatives, and for mine bosses to take responsibility for their children.

A protest was planned at the Rustenburg taxi rank on Saturday. 

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