Suspend Marikana cops - Numsa

2012-09-02 20:51
Marikana police. (File)

Marikana police. (File)

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Johannesburg - The National Union of Metal Workers of SA has called for the suspension of the police task force "that executed the Marikana massacre".

"The CC [central committee] calls on the commission to find out and make public who, between the minister of police and the national police commissioner, gave orders to shoot workers with live bullets when they peacefully assembled on that fateful mountain," said Numsa's general secretary Irvin Jim on Sunday at a Johannesburg press briefing.

The police actions confirmed that post-1994 South Africa had not transformed the apartheid state and its violent machinery, he said.

A total of 34 people were killed when police opened fire at striking Lonmin mineworkers in Marikana on 16 August. Ten people, including two police officers, were killed in the week before.

Miners were the most exploited workers in the country, and earned very little while the mine bosses earned billions of dollars from the minerals, he said, speaking after a meeting of Numsa's CC.

Numsa also criticised the National Development Plan (NDP) which was developed by the National Planning Commission.


"We see... that the NDP in its proposals on how to eradicate poverty, unemployment and inequalities in South Africa simply builds an illusion," said Jim.

The union agreed with Cosatu's critique of the NDP in that it had failed to locate South Africa's challenges within their historic causes.

"The NDP should simply have dusted off the Freedom Charter and demanded its full implementation," he said.

The NDP contains recommendations to government by the commission regarding national challenges over the next 20 years.

It calls for skills development and the scrapping of monopolies and disincentives to youth employment, as well as increasing competition.

Numsa also used the opportunity to state its current position on the ANC's elective conference in Mangaung in December.


"In all our meetings we are now discussing Mangaung. There is no decision now that has been taken that we don't want JZ [Jacob Zuma]," said Jim.

The union had nothing against the Polokwane leadership, as many people thought, he said.

Numsa also called for the re-nationalisation of Sasol as the company made exorbitant profits, but did not share its development responsibility in the country.

Read more on:    cosatu  |  anc  |  lonmin  |  numsa  |  jacob zuma  |  mining unrest  |  mangaung 2012  |  politics

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