Fedusa: Call state of emergency

2012-09-13 17:52

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma should declare a state of emergency in the mining sector, the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) said on Thursday .

"The situation is totally out of control, resulting in anarchy being created in our mining sector, and could easily spill over to other sectors of our economy," it said in a statement, referring to unrest at Lonmin's Marikana mine and other mines.

Fedusa said it was unhappy with government's handling of the situation so far.

A state of emergency was necessary to restore peace, order and stability. Despite a peace accord signed by some parties, unrest and disruption was continuing. As a result, government revenue would decline, corporate profits were plummeting, and there was the risk of potential job losses.

The federation called on Zuma to show true leadership by convening a meeting with leaders of organised labour and business to bring the situation under control.

"Government must provide leadership in order to create a conducive environment for stability and peace," Fedusa said.

The State of Emergency Act, of 1997, provided for the declaration of a state of emergency and empowered the president to declare such a state.

A state of emergency may only be declared when the life of the nation was threatened by war, invasion, general insurrection, disorder, natural disaster or other public emergency.

Government should consider laying sedition charges against those guilty of inciting violence, said Fedusa.

Last month, 34 striking workers were shot dead by police at Lonmin's Marikana mine. Another 78 were injured.

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  • pietervonb - 2012-09-13 18:31

    Finally some sense spoken.

      Willie - 2012-09-14 09:11

      what will be the terms of reference--- 80's again

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-13 18:46

    Says the unions who are always striking violently! You reap what you sow idiots!

      mzwandile.sazona.3 - 2012-09-13 21:40

      Henk where have you seen Fedusa affiliated trade unions embarking on a strike, don't show off your ignorance.

  • thembapat.mthini - 2012-09-13 18:53

    This is long overdue.

  • steven.m.armour - 2012-09-13 19:54

    Well said i agree something has to be done quick before everything spirals out of control.Such a lovely country going to the dogs....

  • jim.binnie.1 - 2012-09-13 19:57

    This is the way to go - send in the army to defuse the situation and assist the police to exercise control. Expecting Zuma to show leadership is like expecting ICE to survive in the fires of hell where we seem to be heading right now. ANC - sort out your problems right now and do not wait for "Bloemfontein in December" which will just prolong the agony. The PEOPLE need some answers

  • pierre.walt - 2012-09-13 19:58

    Did you get the idea from my comment yesterday?

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-14 12:45

    The investors won't love that. Their money will leave South Africa quicker than it takes to flush the toilet.

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