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NUM Media Statement, 11 October 2016
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will hold a mass meeting at Sibanye Gold Cooke Operations tomorrow (12 October 2016) at 4 pmWestonaria. Joseph Montisetse, NUM Deputy President will address the mass meeting at Cooke 3 hostel. This is after NUM members were attacked and injured by alleged AMCU members last week and led to the death of our member Ranthimo Nkosi. The media is invited to attend and report about the mass meeting.
The NUM wants to put it on record that its members will never fight other workers. There is nothing that the NUM will benefit by fighting fellow black mineworkers. Our fight is directed at Sibanye Gold that is dividing black mineworkers. Our fight is directed against Capitalist barbarism. The NUM since its creation in 1982 has faced many difficulties and challenges but has always with the support of its members and other black mineworkers overcome.
The NUM never stopped fighting, never stopped trying. It never surrendered. Our members and other black mineworkers will fight Sibanye Gold the same they did when they defeated the apartheid regime. It is a pity that some unions are being used by these mining companies to fight fellow black mineworkers. We have no time for sellouts and lapdogs of the mining bosses who are used to attack, kill and assault other black mineworkers. The NUM will never co-operate and collaborate with mining companies to fight other black mineworkers.
Despite the brutal onslaught and killings, NUM members will not give up their struggle for a dignified life against capitalist barbarism that is happening at Sibanye Gold. NUM members will continue to show their fighting spirit and tenacity against Sibanye Gold.
The NUM is aware that Sibanye Gold is embarking on a campaign to eliminate workers rights and implement anti-people and anti-workers policies. This company has heightened its attack against the NUM. Our members are threatened, attacked, killed, and assaulted in their operations and nothing happen to the perpetrators. The Unilateral revocation of collective agreements at Sibanye Gold against the NUM is happening. Sibanye Gold wants to annihilate the NUM. The apartheid government and its agents in the mining industry failed to kill the NUM and Sibanye Gold will never succeed.
As if the above was not enough the company under the stewardship of Neal Froneman, so-called Mr Fix –it, while we know him as Mr. bungle or Mr Retrenchments is pursuing a strategy of sabotage and subterfuge to prune the growth of NUM by deliberately failing to process the stop-orders from our organisation . Sibanye Gold's CEO, Neal Froneman, makes profits by focusing on retrenchments. That is his strategy and it is the reason that he hates NUM with a passion because we are always opposed to retrenchments. This man is not a messiah in the mining industry. He makes profits by retrenching black mineworkers.
For more detailed information, please contact:
Wilson Metsing: NUM Branch Secretary at Cooke operations:082 935 6237
Joseph Montisetsi: NUM Deputy President: 082 809 2391
Livhuwani Mammburu: NUM National Spokesperson: 083 809 3257
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