NUM Press Alert, 09 November 2016
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is shocked and saddened to find out that Lonmin has been paying a convicted murderer monthly salaries despite being in prison for murder.
Bavuyise Kwaziwa an AMCU member was sentenced to a double life imprisonment for killing former NUM shop stewards Nobongile Norah Madolo and Percy Letanang last week at Mogwase Magistrate Court in the North West Province.
The NUM can confirm that it has concrete evidence that Lonmin has been paying Monthly salaries to Bavuyise Kwaziwa while he was in prison for murder.
“It is ironic that what happened at Impala Platinum is actually a repeat at Lonmin. Implala did the same in 2014. Lonmin is repeating the same thing of paying a convicted murderer while he was in jail,” says Desmond Mfuloane, NUM Rustenburg Regional Secretary. “It is clear that there is an agenda by companies to wage a war against the NUM.”
Mfuloane further said that it was by no accident that at Impala Platinum, the NUM membership was transferred overnight to AMCU at the touch of a button.
“There was no verification done. NUM members were even forced to take VSP under the pretext that the company could not guarantee their safety. Fund rules were even amended to allow AMCU leadership to topple NUM members at the branch. AMCU leadership at Impala was arrested early this year for corruption, suspended but still being paid by the employer ,” he said.
As the NUM, we are shocked that NUM members at Lonmin and Impala Platinum Mines are not even allowed to wear their union regalia instead they are accused of provoking AMCU and disturbing industrial peace.
At Lonmin, an NUM member was charged for wearing an NUM t shirt and distributing the NUM calendars in the beginning of this year.
According to the Framework Agreement for a Sustainable Mining Industry entered by organized labour, organized business and government clearly states that companies must avoid acting in a manner that provokes or raises tensions in the work place without abdicating their responsibility to implement laws and rules of the country and internal company policies. It further said that business or companies must take measures to protect staff members from violence and intimidation to ensure that security personnel act in accordance with the law at all times.
The Framework For Peace and Stability in the Mining Industry signed by unions, Chamber of Mines and government put it clear that stakeholders and their members must commit to the following:
3.3.1 Respect for life, safety of others and property
3.3.2 adhere to the law, including the Constitution of the country, the labour laws and those laws regulating the mining industry, specifically those pertaining to health and safety.
3.3.3 tolerate different views, including freedom of association and disassociation.
3.3.4 refrain from intimidation and violence of any nature anywhere in the mine and where applicable in surrounding mining communities and villages:
In light of all these, the NUM is considering to pursue a civil claim for compensation to the affected families against Lonmin. we cannot fold our arms when there is a clear agenda to render NUM insignificant by both AMCU and unscrupulous mining houses.
For more information, please contact:
Desmond Mfuloane: NUM Rustenburg Regional Secretary: 072 212 9619
Livhuwani Mammburu: NUM National Spokesperson, 083 809 3257
7 Rissik Street.
Tel: 011 377 2111
Twitter: @Num Media
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