Union slams youth league’s Lonmin ‘political opportunism’

2012-08-16 12:03

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has slammed the ANC Youth League for blaming it for the violence at Lonmin’s Marikana mine.

NUM general secretary Frans Baleni said the youth league’s statement that the union, its rival Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), and Lonmin must take responsibility for the violence, was regrettable.

Baleni said efforts should be made to halt the unending anarchy in the platinum sector.

The NUM also claims that police in Marikana, in the North West, cannot be trusted.

“NUM is worried of the high levels of corruption in the system where dockets disappear,” Baleni said.

He said police had huge weaknesses and that law enforcement in the area was inconsistent.

Violence at the mine claimed has claimed 10 lives – including those of two police officers – since last Friday.
However, Baleni called for all workers to back to work and for police to crack down on those behind the violence and the killings.

Baleni demanded that Lonmin compensate the families of the murdered mineworkers.

“Workers must be paid what is due to them as they have always been available to go to work but the company could not provide them with transport and security,” he said.

The union also wants the successful prosecution of the six men arrested following this week’s violence and for Lonmin to investigate how its inaction led to this week’s mayhem.

Baleni dismissed Amcu as a union of expelled NUM members.

Police were not immediately available for comment.

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