NUM lying about Lonmin situation - Amcu

2012-08-17 18:03
A police vehicle takes position as miners stage a sit-in close to the Marikana mine. (AFP)

A police vehicle takes position as miners stage a sit-in close to the Marikana mine. (AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - The NUM is lying about the situation at Lonmin's Marikana mine, in Rustenburg, where 34 people were shot dead by police, a rival union said on Friday.

"[The National Union of Mineworkers] NUM is blaming everyone but themselves," said Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathunjwa.

The shooting happened on Thursday afternoon at the height of a labour dispute at the listed platinum company's mine in North West.

Mathunjwa said Amcu was a recognised trade union at Lonmin with 7 000 members. It had about 30 000 members nationally, most of them at Lonmin's Karee mine.

He said there was no union rivalry, but that the NUM had "internal issues" which had nothing to do with Amcu.

"It's not a rival issue with NUM and Amcu. It's a domestic issue with[in] NUM," he said.
Amcu had no affiliations with political organisations inside or outside South Africa.

Worker shot in the foot

It was also not supported or funded by expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema, as was rumoured.

"The allegations are baseless and unfounded. We have no political relationship with any political movement inside this country or outside," said Mathunjwa.

He said had been told that a worker had been shot in the foot inside a hostel on Friday morning because he had an assegai.

He said workers went to a hilltop near the mine during the week "for their safety". It was there that they were shot.

"We are committed to any process that will stabilise the area and bring peace and calm to the area," said Mathunjwa.

Earlier, he tearfully described the events of Thursday which began shortly after he had pleaded with workers to leave the hilltop.

Workers at Lonmin are represented by Amcu, the NUM and Solidarity.
Read more on:    lonmin  |  police  |  amcu  |  num  |  mahikeng  |  protests  |  mining unrest  |  labour  |  mining

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.