Sadtu angry over killings

2012-10-10 17:43

Johannesburg - The SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) on Wednesday expressed anger at the killing of NUM members and their families.

"These killings are used to instil fear among NUM [National Union of Mineworkers] members, which will eventually lead to the weakening of the organisation," Sadtu said in a statement.

"These killings are also a sign that the strikes in the mining industry are not about wages but to destroy NUM and Cosatu."

On Friday night, a NUM branch leader was shot dead at his home in Marikana, in what was described by the union as an "assassination".

A cousin of a NUM shopsteward was shot and killed in a hostel in Marikana on Saturday.

Five NUM members - two of them shopstewards - were killed in violence associated with a strike at Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana near Rustenburg between 10 August and 16 August.

Of the 34 people shot dead by police trying to disperse a group of protesters on 16 August, 14 were NUM members, the union said.

Sadtu called on police to do their work and arrest the culprits behind the killings.

"So many workers have been killed, but we have not seen anyone being apprehended and brought before the courts.

"We also urge the employers in the mining industry to meet the workers’ demands and improve the working conditions in the mines," Sadtu said.

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-10-10 18:22

    wish they would show the same emotions when their members intimidate and kill non-striking workers, and damage property which does not belong to them.

      jayjay.mlungu - 2012-10-10 19:51

      100%. When NUM kills workers who want to work, no problem. Now the shoe is on the other foot. How does that feel NUM/SADTU?

  • carla.vittori3 - 2012-10-10 18:57

    And where is the outrage over the 10 innocent people killed by those strikers, many of whom were NUM members?

  • tobydt - 2012-10-10 18:58

    F*** the unions.

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-10-10 19:15

    Do these unions actually believe themselves? Do they think that any normal free thinking person with an IQ of 80+ believe them? What a load of CRAP! Always “fighting” (and I use the term loosely) for rights while making other normal people especially children and law abiding working citizens suffer.

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-10-10 20:15

    Sadtu is just looking for a reason to strike, near the end of the year exams, so when the children fail they can say sorry but we were striking for our members that work for NUN. End of story no hopeless teachers.

      klasgoran.olsson - 2012-10-11 17:18

      You never responded my comment to your comment on my comment. It would be interesting to get to know your opinion.

  • chris.potgieter.73 - 2012-10-10 20:21

    Unions are the last bastion of communism in the world. In RSA they are strong because the people are being denied a basic education that will uplift them. The bottom line remains that unless Zuma personally goes and apologizes to each family who have buried a son that was killed because of the Luthuli House decision to develop what is now referred to in the Halls of the ANC as the 'Marikana Solution'.

  • archie.mooki - 2012-10-10 22:25

    express your anger towards education system you bloody corrupt brainless stupid morons.

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