Zuma urges mine workers to ‘return to work’

2012-11-01 10:54

President Jacob Zuma repeated calls for striking miners to return to their posts.

Speaking at the official opening of the National House of Traditional Leaders in Parliament today, Zuma said while workers were free to exercise their rights, this should be done within the ambit of the law.

“Let me take this opportunity to reiterate that violence and intimidation must come to an end in those areas where strikes are still continuing.”

Zuma said there was no need to resort to “chaos and anarchy”.

“We urge workers to return to work and use the constitutional mechanisms of conducting labour relations,” he said.

Zuma reminded the House of a meeting with business, labour and civil society last month.

He said they agreed to respond to the urgent needs of people in key mining towns.

“These include Rustenburg, Lephalale, Emalahleni, West Rand, Welkom, Klerksdorp and Carletonville.”

Zuma’s remarks come as a mine in northern KwaZulu-Natal suspended operations after two men were killed. Miners have been on strike at the Magdalena coal mine since October 17.

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