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NUM Media Statement, 28 October 2016
NUM is extremely worried that the perpetrators who attacked and assaulted our members at Cooke Operations last month have not been arrested
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is extremely worried and concerned that since our members were attacked, assaulted and killed at Sibanye Gold last month the perpetrators have not been charged and arrested.
Ranthimo Nkosi, a Jonrik contractor at Sibanye Gold Cooke 2 was attacked and severely assaulted died last month and the perpetrators are still at large. Another branch leader is still in critical condition at Milpark hospital
The NUM still condemns in the strongest possible words the killing of our member by these hooligans masquerading as workers. It was a criminal act.
On the 26th of this month, an employee was attacked and assaulted at Cooke 1 while he was on his way to work. He is in critical condition at Milpark Hospital. Another worker was attacked and his ear bitten off at Cooke 1 by a former employee who no longer works at Sibanye Gold. The NUM is surprised that the same employee is still staying at Cooke 1 hostels. On the 22nd of this month, there were gun shootings at Cooke 1. The mine security did nothing about it. It was only the SAPS that intervened.
The NUM is calling on the law enforcement agencies to investigate and arrest these heartless barbarians who are assaulting and attacking our members at Sibanye Gold Cooke Operations. The perpetrators of these horrendous crimes must be arrested as soon as possible.
Our members are living in fear and they are scared for their lives and want the SAPS to intervene.
Our members are also worried that Sibanye Gold is going to close the occupational health center and the training center at Rand Uranium. The NUM is asking itself where its members are going to get health care. This is an anti-worker and anti-people decision. It is evil and is part of the capitalist barbarism. It really shows that black mineworkers are on their own.
The NUM is requesting the Minister of Police and the Department of Minerals Resources to intervene because mineworkers are living in fear of their lives. Our members are crying for help. The situation is out of control at the Cooke operations. Hooligans masquerading as workers are assaulting, attacking and killing our members.
The NUM demands Sibanye Gold to do the following:
1. The company must stop accommodating employees who no longer work within the company in their hostels.
2. They must make sure that there is security access control in their operations and hostels.
3. The incident that happened last month at the Cooke Operations where our members were assaulted and attacked must be recorded as a mine accident.
4. The NUM demands that a child, wife or a relative of the late Ranthimo Nkosi must replace him.
The NUM will continue to fight capitalists barbarism in the mining industry that always divides black mineworkers.
Kanetso Matabane: NUM PWV Region Regional Chairperson: 076 981 4741
Wilson Metsing: NUM Branch Secretary at Cooke operations:082 935 6237
Livhuwani Mammburu: NUM National Spokesperson: 083 809 3257
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