Amcu calls for Zuma intervention

2012-09-13 11:13

Rustenburg - President Jacob Zuma must intervene to stop the ongoing unrest in South Africa's mines, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) said on Thursday.

Addressing reporters at a resort in Rustenburg, Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa said Zuma had to convene an urgent, all-inclusive mining indaba to review the situation in the embattled sector.

"We make a clarion call to the President of the Republic of South Africa to call a mining indaba on the state of the mining industry.

"The truth is, the mining sector is the biggest contributor to the South African economy, yet it is the worst when it comes to paying workers and improving working conditions," he said.

Mathunjwa said the indaba would have to deal with issues including minimum wages, housing, skills development and a mining victims fund for the sector.

He said Amcu had repeatedly denounced all the violent activity recently seen around the mines.

Amcu national treasurer Jimmy Gama said that rectifying the situation in the mining sector lay with Zuma.

"This seems to be an emergency situation where nobody seems to be winning the battle. In a country, the only person with power to summon everyone is the president, hence Amcu is taking (the) initiative to request the president to deal with the matter," he said.

Earlier, freelance journalists were told to leave the venue where Amcu was holding its 'state of the mining industry' media briefing.

Before the briefing started, all journalists in the room were asked to introduce themselves and the media organisations for which they worked.

Gama, sitting next to Mathunjwa, told a cameraman who introduced himself as "a freelancer" to leave the premises because invites had been sent to media houses.

"We are not comfortable with a person who comes as a freelancer, because we haven't invited you. We would like you, sir, to excuse us," said Gama.

Two other journalists joined the cameraman as he walked out of the room.

Mathunjwa later said an Amcu media briefing at Melrose Arch, in Johannesburg, had once been "infiltrated by other (rival) unions".

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  • deon.rossouw.56 - 2012-09-13 11:19

    Zuma can't even intervene in his own life

      mfrater - 2012-09-13 11:24

      Where is our illusive prez???? Come out, come out wherever you are...

      mfrater - 2012-09-13 11:26

      Zuma: "Eh eh eh eh, um, but a um, eh eh it is not eh good thet the minas they are striking, but a a a a eh eh eh, how, we do not know how to fix dis problem. so, ah ah ah instead me I muus jus hide". This is what happens when you put a std 3 educated person in the president's shoes!

      mfrater - 2012-09-13 11:29

      One American gets killed in Libya and Obama is all over the news like a rash, denouncing the act itself and swearing to get justice. Take notes Zuma, presidents are elected for the people by the people, stop counting your wives (it takes you far too long), start addressing the critical problem facing your country!!!

      tomupeyishe.gwata.7 - 2012-09-13 14:49

      why must Zuma intervene now when everyone is calling him useless. Male a must carry on his campaign. People must finish what they started.

  • tin.can.501598 - 2012-09-13 11:21

    Amcu starts the trouble and when it gets out of hand they ask Mr pres to clean their mess up?

  • aroka.murombe - 2012-09-13 11:21

    Mark my words acum zuma is to much of a chicken we'll never do dat.

  • kobus.basson.18 - 2012-09-13 11:24

    Do not disturb Zuma. He is busy showering!!!!

      marc.rule - 2012-09-13 11:26

      to bad its not working.

      ike.jakson - 2012-09-13 14:58

      Nice one, Kobus. I like it.

  • Hamrammr - 2012-09-13 11:25

    This is all a political game being played during the run-off to Mangaung 2012. The bloody miners are just too stupid to realize that they are being played. I'm no fan of seeing Zuma and would like to see him go in favour of someone able to run a CAPATILISTIC DEMOCRACY. It is all a plot to get him out of the way for someone even more corrupt and incompetent!

      colleen.joseph2 - 2012-09-13 16:24

      Perhaps they need the unrest to secure the uplifting of the ban on fracking in the Karoo.

  • marc.rule - 2012-09-13 11:25

    dont step in rather step down.

  • osmaseko - 2012-09-13 11:25

    Good luck with your now lets see if Prof Zuma has the balls

      marc.rule - 2012-09-13 11:35

      Balls???????? what a joke.

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-09-13 11:26

    I agree. And he need not be afraid as we all know he has got his own spear?

  • jan.human - 2012-09-13 11:29

    Getting scared of your own members now????

  • sekwati.robinson - 2012-09-13 11:34

    this is a serious matter,why would this amcu idiots ask a clown(zuma) to intervene..

  • desertratbkf - 2012-09-13 11:38

    He's too busy talking about how safe South African are, and how fantastic their service delivery has been! Take your head out of your fat butt showerhead, and do something for your ridiculously high salary you take for yourself, to support your massive family!

  • thabani.dube.988 - 2012-09-13 11:38

    Tell me AMCU, has your trusted Malema exhausted all his negotiatian skills?!!

      tomupeyishe.gwata.7 - 2012-09-13 14:53

      thabani you are very right, Zuma is useless, why call him to intervene? Those who started the whole thing must see to it that they finish off. If Male a has failed then they must go back to work

  • Warren Mudge - 2012-09-13 13:33

    these same commie orientated chops who are the initiators of all this cr@p are now telling the govt to intervene. Amcu promises the 12.5 so let them sort it out. Got a bit out of hand hey, these chickens have come home to roost you short sited no brain idiots.

  • ike.jakson - 2012-09-13 14:59

    It is time for Zuma to show some guts to put Malema on a one way air ticket to China and ask the Chinese to inculcate in him the reality of life and good behaviour. The Chinese Government knows how to teach people like that and won’t worry about the South African Voters in doing so.

  • - 2012-09-13 16:38

    Zuma?! Not the smartest president around if you ask me.

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