Mandela death talks criticised

2013-07-09 20:15
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Durban - Employers should stop discussions about keeping up productivity in the workplace in the event of former president Nelson Mandela's death, a trade union said on Tuesday.

"We find such preoccupation by these profit-chasing and greedy capitalists un-African and inhumane, when South Africans and world citizens are praying for the speedy recovery of our Mandela," the Food and Allied Workers' Union (Fawu) said in a statement.

Fawu General Secretary Katishi Masemola called on companies to pray for Mandela's recovery.

"In case he passes on, it is not for these selfish and profit-preoccupied managers and business leaders to tell our members how to react to such news and whether to attend his send-off or not."

The union hoped Mandela would recover.

The ailing anti-apartheid icon was spending his 32nd day in Pretoria's Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital on Tuesday.

He was admitted on 8 June with a recurring lung infection.

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