NUM will speak on Marikana Commission report later

2015-06-25 20:53

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Johannesburg - The NUM has welcomed the recommendations and findings of the Marikana Commission, but will only speak publicly on them once it studies the commission's report.

"The NUM welcomes the statement by the president on the key findings and recommendations of the final report of the Marikana Commission," spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu told News24. 

"This will no doubt contribute immensely to the closure that families who lost their loved ones in the tragic incident have long sought."

He said the "process of healing" for those families could now commence. 

"We will study the final report as soon as it becomes available and [then] make public announcement about its findings and recommendations."

President Jacob Zuma gave a summary of the commission's report on Thursday night.

Besides recommending that national police commissioner Riah Phiyega must face an inquiry into her fitness to hold office, the commission found, amongst other findings against Lonmin and the police, that 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.

It 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," Zuma said.

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

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.

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union said in a statement that it noted the commission's report. 

"We will be holding a national office bearers meeting tomorrow morning at 08:00, and thereafter issue a statement in that regard."

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