In partnership with

NUM refuses to apologise to Amcu

Oct 11 2012 17:13
The National Union of Mineworkers' (NUM) will not apologise to the Association of Mineworkers' and Construction Union (Amcu), spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said on Thursday.

"We are not going to apologise to anyone, not today, not anytime soon," he said.

He was responding to Amcu's demand that the union publicly retract accusations that Amcu was responsible for the killing of NUM members in Rustenburg.

"We do not owe anyone [an] apology. We are not the chamber [of mines], we are a trade union under Cosatu [Congress of SA Trade Unions]."

Earlier in the day, it was reported that Amcu walked out of talks to form a centralised bargaining forum for the platinum industry, demanding that NUM retract its accusation.

Amcu's protest followed news reports on Tuesday in which NUM president Senzeni Zokwana appeared to blame Amcu for the recent killing of a NUM branch chairperson and a relative of a shop steward.

Zokwana was quoted as saying it was strange that only NUM leaders who were being shot after a peace accord was signed.

"Amcu never signed the accord. The only way Amcu can outsmart NUM in organising is through intimidation and violence."

Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa said his union wanted a public retraction.

"How can we stabilise the industry when one of the parties at the table goes to the media and accuses us of assassinations of their members?" he was quoted as saying.

Amcu's secretary Jeff Mphahlele declined to comment on whether his union would go back to the negotiations.

"I am at another meeting, please call Jimmy Gama [Amcu's treasurer]."

* Follow Fin24 on TwitterFacebookGoogle+ and Pinterest.
amcu  |  num



Read Fin24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Company Snapshot

Money Clinic

Money Clinic
Do you have a question about your finances? We'll get an expert opinion.
Click here...

Voting Booth

The SARB’s Monetary Policy Committee will decide on the next move in interest rates tomorrow will they?

Previous results · Suggest a vote