Amcu jeopardised relations - lawyer

2012-11-30 21:08

Johannesburg - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union jeopardised the relations between mineworkers and the Lonmin mine in Marikana, the Farlam commission of inquiry, sitting in Rustenburg, heard on Friday.

SABC news reported that Lonmin insisted that it remained consistent in its approach when about 3 000 mineworkers embarked on an unprotected strike in August.

Earlier, Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa testified that after protesters agreed in principle to disarm and return to work on 15 August, management refused to engage them, the broadcaster reported.

Lonmin legal representative advocate, Schalk Burger SC, disagreed with Mathunjwa while cross-examining him.

"I put to you that when you told the commission that you told the workers on that occasion that they must disperse and return to work - that's false," Burger said.

However, Mathunjwa responded: "It is not correct what you are saying."

Burger said the company maintained that they would only engage if they agreed to "lay down their weapons" and return to work.

On 16 August police shot dead 34 striking miners near the mine in Marikana while trying to disperse them.

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-11-30 21:34

    This a mine and a police problem, the miners and the unions, they are innocent. What now. The blame is being passed around.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-11-30 21:51

      It's an Alliance problem. In 18 years the Unions have failed to broker a single deal to alleviate the plight of miners. In 18 years local, provincial and central govt have failed to deliver one bit of infrastructure to mining towns or to change min wage legislation in any meaningful way. To their credit, national govt's MINIMUM obligation is to sign into law what Unions and DoL agree to. Seeing as there were no protests or objections during negotiations, agreement, gazetting, govt were well within their rights to sign it into law. The Alliance AND the workers are protesting against their own decisions which by their own account were democratically decided on.

      John - 2012-11-30 22:40

      Like the ANC represents ALL the people! That's the way the corrupt NUM represents the miners. Party politics is NOT peoples representation and NOT democracy. How many people know how and where to lodge an objection? Who in goverment or the union listens anyway? They just bulldoze ahead! Witness etolls, marikana, farm labour, lenasia! DEMOCRACY! In your dreams!!

  • John - 2012-11-30 23:00

    3000 miners felt that they were not being represented by the corrupt NUM which is a CORPORATE business with shares in the mines! How can it serve two masters? The miners and the workers! It is no wonder that the miners lives have never improved. The mines conspired with the state to teach the miners to SUBMIT to the unlawful actions of the thug FORCE! and the MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS who control them. So the people get together to demonstrate their frustration!!!

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