Num: We haven't lost control

2012-09-14 21:01

Johannesburg - The country's biggest mineworker union, the National Union of Mineworkers, denied on Friday that it had lost control of the situation at the country's mines.

"I do not think we have lost control of the situation at the mines. The violence and intimidation has left our members feeling unsafe and not going to work," the union's health and safety chair Peter Bailey said.

He said Lonmin's Marikana mine had 27 000 employees and that "only" 3 000 of them were striking at the Wonderkop squatter camp.

Earlier on Friday, a fourth mine, Aquarius Platinum in Rustenburg shut down due to a strike.

NUM's national executive committee met in Johannesburg to discuss the situation at the mines.

Deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe was part of the meeting.

NUM has instructed its members to stay home, said Bailey.

"Our members' safety cannot be guaranteed so we urged them to stay home."

Secretary general Frans Baleni said NUM members wanted to arm themselves for self-protection against the violence at Lonmin.

"Our members want to arm and protect themselves because intimidation and violence has reached alarming rates."

At least 35 people have been killed in Marikana since the violent protest started last month. Ten had been killed in a week leading to the protest.

This week, NUM shop steward Godfrey Mthiti was found dead at the Wonderkop informal settlement.

Baleni said Mthiti was killed for voicing a different view.

"He was killed for mainly indicating to his colleagues that the strike had gone on for too long... that they should go back to work so that negotiations can continue smoothly."

The executive committee proposed that a commission of inquiry into the mine industry be established, said Baleni.

He said the strike was led by ring leaders who do not work at any of the mining companies.

'Most of them were dismissed during an illegal strike back in 2008. They are doing everything they can get their jobs back."

The union's deputy president Piet Matosa said expelled ANCYL leader Julius Malema was a "dangerous fellow."

Malema has never worked anywhere in his life and has failed to unite the ANCYL, said Matosa.

"He only wants to see people suffering and without jobs... hence we continue to warn miners against this dangerous fellow."

Malema has been visiting miners since the Lonmin Marikana strike commenced last month.

Last week, he told striking miners at Goldfields near Carletonville not to return to work until their demands were met.

He also called on a national strike to take place once a week every month.

  • Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-09-14 21:24

    NUM has lost control. No amount of spin can change that. Their workers are actually on a wildcat strike. That IS beyond the control of the unions.

  • joe.mangena.1 - 2012-09-14 21:24

    NUM is fooling nobody except themselves,\r\nhow can 24000 miners be intimidated by 3000 strikers..\r\nYou lost it before 16 August

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-09-14 21:25

    Here we go again. Complete denial of failure. Fact is you lost control a LONG time ago. Especially self-control. So whilst you weren't paying attention to what you are supposed to be doing, this happened. As the saying goes, you can't take the milk out the coffee.

  • mzuvumile.g.mnqanqeni - 2012-09-14 21:27

    Me as member of Num i have lost trust in our leadership from branch level to national structure. We no longer know who they representing. They might be denying it these guys have lost the ground.

  • Stephen Radebe - 2012-09-14 21:42

    NUM Has lost control, No amount of spin can change that. Their workers are actually on a wildcat strike. That is beyond their control of the unions.

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-09-15 01:13

    Num u lost it bigtym I think that doesn't need a rocketscientist 2 prov that .why ur members r renegading 2 the rival union. Sometimes confession is the best therapy .confess that u lost the battle n look 4 advises

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-15 01:48

    Malema will shut Num down, it is his clear intention. He has shown them to be siding with government and mine management. They supposed to be on the side of the workers that's why they take workers money

  • Ditantane - 2012-09-15 07:19

    NUM together with COSATU lost control and focus, they are only interested in ANC leadership battles and been an opposition of the opposition parties.

      mpolaene - 2012-09-17 17:02

      U are right they lost control

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-15 09:50

    Piet shouldnt you be focusing on the issue at hand rather than shifting the blame to Malema,if you and your Union did well to serve the workers then this wouldnt be happening.If you have the interest of the workers and the country i think you should resign and let someone capable start to mend the broken walls (lets see if you will get of the gravy train yourself)

  • madoda.monamudi - 2012-09-15 10:47

    Num I have no confident anymore, I don't trust Num anymore because u share one table with capitalist and mine's bosses and exploiting our fellow Black brothers.

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-09-15 16:01

    Makes one wonder why the empty vessels are the loudest and mostly followed.

  • madoda.monamudi - 2012-09-15 21:12

    Num leadership has fail workers dismal. Workers have loose confident because now Num is sharing one table with Capitalist and defend so called Investors.

  • sphamandla.s.ntshangase - 2012-09-15 22:07

    respect fools to avoid noise! Malema iz a young fool guy he dont understand labour ligislation even one act of workers and mine workers must nt all dis stupid to convince them in bad way cause they wil suffer from unemployment

      maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-09-16 13:47

      He is not young, because he headed up the YOUTH league does not mean he is a youth, youthless he is. I've seen more brains in a pork sausage.

      abongile.somatshele1 - 2012-09-17 07:40

      The mine workers must strike until they loose their job because NUM fail to do what is needed by the workers. It is better to be unemployed than to be a slave to loose job is nothing because some lost their lives

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-09-16 13:45

    yes you have lost control, you don't want to admit it. when a child hides its eyes behind a toy or blanket, that child thinks no one can see him/her .. Self same thing you are doing TAKE YOUR BLINKERS OFF and see the problem don't try and hide them face it full on.

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