Aurora: ANC to tackle union on R1?mln donation

2011-04-20 00:00

THE ANC in KwaZulu-Natal is going to “internally engage” the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) following the union’s call for the party in the province to return the R1 million donation made to it by Aurora Mines chairperson Khulubuse Zuma.

NUM spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka made the call in the light of Zuma making the donation at a time when Aurora owed its employees millions of rands in unpaid wages.

Aurora has been placed under under provisional liquidation.

Zuma, who is President Jacob Zuma’s nephew, and Zondwa Mandela, a grandson of former president Nelson Mandela, are co-owners of Aurora.

At a press conference held in Durban yesterday, ANC KZN provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said the ANC accepted the R1 million pledge to the ANC from Zuma, a Durban businessman, and not from Aurora.

“The ANC is against any form of exploitation of workers; hence we appreciate the process by the parliamentary portfolio committee which is resolving the matter between Aurora and workers … Zikalala said.

“While the ANC will engage its internal process to ensure that all donations received stand up to the highest ethical standards of the ANC, we urge the media not to single out those who fund the ANC when they do not apply the same standards on those who fund other parties.”

Yesterday Seshoka reportedly said the ANC is forgetting that Khulubuse Zuma is the chairperson of Aurora and his actions cannot be separated from the Aurora situation.

At the press conference yesterday, the ANC also voiced its disappointment at the standoff between the ANC Youth League and the Inkatha Freedom Party, which led to the ANC aborting its attempt to campaign in IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s neighbourhood in Nkonjeni, Mahlabathini, at the weekend.

It called on the Independent Electoral Commission to launch an investigation into “this unpalatable incident and take necessary steps against those who were involved in the flagrant violation of the codes”.

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