Johannesburg - Congress of the SA Trade Unions secretary
general Zwelinzima Vavi promised 700 Aurora mineworkers that the federation
would ensure they received the R4.3m owed to them, according to a report on
"We are going to make sure that the gold mine's owners
adhere to the court order. We will support you until this is over," Vavi
was quoted as saying by the Sowetan.
"The big names are stripping our people as if they do
not have consciences, (and) these fat cats are dying from eating too much while
poor families are dying of hunger and poverty."
Vavi was referring to President Jacob Zuma's nephew
Khulubuse Zuma, and former president Nelson Mandela's grandson, Zondwa Mandela.
They were the owners of the mine, which had failed to pay the workers.
According the newspaper Vavi told the former mineworkers in
the North West that Aurora could still be a productive mine, creating hundreds
of jobs, and promised them there were investors who were interested in the
"We have called an independent investigation of the
embattled Aurora mine company and its former liquidators. There are other
investors who are interested in taking over," Vavi was quoted as saying.