Cosatu to ensure payment to Aurora miners

2012-03-15 07:57

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 Thursday.

"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 mine.

"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.


  • Hentie - 2012-03-15 08:20

    So, Vavi, you get the bitter taste of what Nationalization of mines are like, but yet you support it?

  • Nigel - 2012-03-15 08:24

    At least Vavi is not a hypocrite like lying Malema, but it sure took him long enough to say something, if it had been a white owned mine it would have been a different story..

      William - 2012-03-15 08:32

      @Nigel. Therein lies the rub. Where has this happened at white-owned mines? Say what you want about "White Monopoly Capital" (whatever that is) at least they pay their workers.

  • Nigel - 2012-03-15 08:28

    just a thought, why doesn't demagogue Malema put his (stolen) money where his (big) mouth is & invest in this mine, if he thinks that running a mine is so easy, but he won't, he is all talk & no do. Talk is cheap!!

  • Dhavandran - 2012-03-15 08:29

    i wonder what the broking fee will be for this kind deed?

  • Adam - 2012-03-15 08:41

    Mandela and zumas apples havent fallen too far from the tree, and showerheads tree has plenty of apples.

  • david.lebethe - 2012-03-15 09:36

    Vavi is playing to the gallery. Where was Cosatu or Num when workers needed them most? We didn't hear anything from Cosatu when the problem first began and whenh they finally did, damage was already done as people were destitude and without food and when he ostensibly dined with Khulumbuso during one of their comrades wedding in Durban.

  • Rebecca - 2012-03-15 11:28

    It is disgusting that these workers still haven't been paid, go Vavi, you tell those fat pigs, hope they all choke on their cavier sandwiches!! They should be sent to jail to rot and starve so they can see how it feels, ripping off honest workers! Makes me sick

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