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Johannesburg - The SACP called for "calm" at Impala Platinum (Implats) in Rustenburg on Tuesday as a labour dispute which has left at least two workers dead continued."We appeal for calm and that the union is allowed to play its role at Impala mines," SA Communist Party spokesperson Malesela Maleka said.The SACP was concerned by events at the mine and was "particularly disturbed" by the violence that has characterised the strike.Maleka offered condolences to the families of the two men killed.One of them was found stripped naked outside a hostel on Thursday and another died when a group, believed to be disgruntled miners, tried to torch a shaft at the North West mine.The SACP said violence was being used to drive a wedge between workers.It felt that the mining company had fuelled the situation by implementing salary adjustments outside of collective agreements.Hostility Rock drillers at the mine embarked on an illegal strike in January after the company paid a retention bonus to miners, but excluded them. About 5 000 of them were dismissed.According to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), a small element began preventing other miners from going to work so about 17 000 were fired by January 30.Implats' plan to hire a new workforce created further hostility and eventually on Friday evening, Implats and the NUM agreed that the fired workers would be reinstated.However, on Sunday evening, the night shift had to be cancelled when a group tried to burn down a shaft and by Monday morning one person was dead and at least seven were injured.Congress of SA Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi would address the group gathered near the mine later on Tuesday.NUM spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka denied that the violence was being caused by a rival union trying to muscle in on NUM membership.The reinstatement process continued and it was expected that 10 000 former employees would be back on the books by the end of the week.
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CONTINUED COMMENT FROM ; MIKI SEMASEKIKI
You talk a lot about corruption, rightly so,
but you are not going to fix this with playing party politics.
There is corruption in EVERY country in the world,
but, sure, no excuse why you should have it, and at this high level.
The curbing of corruption, starts at home.
Lets be honest,
possibly 8 out of 10 readers on this site would rather pay a cop, 20 than receiving a 200 fine!
Many would rather buy fakes' and pay half price for 'branded names,
than the real thing for full price!
You should start a campaign; " SAY NO TO CORRUPTION "
and start from the bottom and than work your way to the top.
It will be far more effective than the other way around !!
And while we are on the subject, let me say,
I admire your opposition leader, a hardworking decent lady,
but she must now do the right thing
and return this R400 000 she received from those Gupta thugs !
Are you a perfect country ?
Off course not, many things wrong, and much to be done.
But , what I started saying, what you have done in a mere twenty years is AMAZING.
And let me tell you a secret; we in Japan also are far from perfect,
but the difference between us and you is,
that we look and attend to our problems quitly,
and don't hang our dirty laundry on our washing line, for all to see.
What we do in our country; is being POSITIVE
and show ,all that is good with our country to the world.
YOU SHOULD DO THE SAME!!
Thank you for your hospitality !!
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