NUM gave 'wrong advice' on Marikana

2015-06-25 19:21

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Johannesburg - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) did not do its best to resolve a dispute between itself and strikers during the 2012 Marikana strike on the platinum belt that left dozens of people dead, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday evening.

Releasing the report on the Marikana Commission of Inquiry, Zuma named the NUM as one the parties against which there were findings.

He said NUM made several mistakes, including "wrongly advising" rock drill operators that no negotiations with Lonmin were possible until the end of a two-year wage agreement. 

"The union also did not take the initiative to persuade and enable Lonmin to speak to the workers.

"The NUM also failed to exercise effective control of its membership in ensuring that their conduct was lawful," said Zuma.

He said the union "did not exercise its best endeavours to resolve the dispute between itself and the strikers".

The report also said NUM did not do enough to protect workers in a situation where there was "real danger" of them being killed or injured by armed strikers.

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