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NUM Press Statement, 22 May 2017
The National Union of Mineworkers Youth Structure (NUM-YS) held its 2nd National Youth Committee this year on the 19th-20th May 2017 at Elijah Barayi Memorial Training Centre (EBMTC) in Midrand.
The meeting has sadly noted the ongoing killings of women by men around the country and the NUM-YS is against any form of women and children abuse and further calls for the Minister of Police comrade Fikile Mbalula to really put his money where his mouth is and fight all these selfish and cruel thugs in our communities.
The NUM-YS has dealt with all organizational matters affecting our union and further dealt with all national matters which the meeting has resolved as follows:
1. The meeting has noted with great pleasure that South Africans have not forgotten the contributions of comrade Chris Hani to this country as we observed several lectures around the country remembering the life of this hero but as NUM-YS we need not only do lectures but we call for the current president of the country to establish a judicial commission on the matter of comrade Chris so that we get to have closure as we are still not satisfied with his assassination.
2. The NUM-YS welcomes the Western Cape high court judgement on the nuclear agreements that were signed by government without falling proper process and caution our government not wait to be taken to court just to be told what is right or wrong as these exercises they uses taxpayers money, which it may be used to uplift the under developed communities in the country.
3. We are deeply worried on how our state institutions are governed i.e. Eskom at some point the CEO Brian Molefe was implicated by state capture report and further investigations has to be done and the crying baby Brian Molefe ran away and immediately resigned. Within 3 months the same guy who resigned has been reinstated without any questions, we are not sure of the reasons behind his reinstatement maybe to further implement IPPs or to drink at Saxonwold again. This charlatan “Papa action “organizes senior managers to welcome him at Megawatt park as if workers are behind him we won’t be fooled by such cheap tactics and he must try that to all power stations.We also welcome the report that was released by Ngoako Ramahlodi on the behaviour of this charlatan in Eskom and the chairperson of the board when they forced him to take mining rights from Exxaro and Tegeta and we call for further investigation on the matter
4.The NUM-YS structure supports the fight against the implementation of IPPs at the expense of workers and our communities as this foolish decision will see thousands of workers being retrenched and left jobless. We call upon all stakeholders affected to join us as we will be embarking on rolling mass actions to government and the ANC head office.
5. The meeting is so disturbed by the news that some few vultures wants to steal the Mineworkers Provident Fund (MPF) from its owners the workers. We want to remind those vultures that MPF is a negotiated fund which mineworkers had to lose jobs and die to get that demand during the 1987 wildcat strike. We want to warn them that mineworkers are coming for them and we will make them run.
6. The NUM-YS is so disappointed in COSATU of not living by its resolution of establishing the COSATU Youth Structure until to date and we know there those few elders who are resisting to change and feel threatened by the presence of young people. We must remind them that the youth is the future of this organization and only the youth can save COSATU in the current juncture. We call upon the upcoming COSATU CEC to really engage the matter and come up with clear time frames from local to national structures.
7. We call upon the ANC to rise above factions that only has interest on leadership preferences on the upcoming national conference in December and remind them as young people we need an ANC that belongs to people and has integrity. The president of the ANC must establish judicial commission to deal with all alleged corruption activities in our organization so that we save our beloved liberation party.
8.The NUM-YS has noted with concern the debates amongst SACP provincial structures and local structures on the contestation of state power and we believe that this is an emotional decision to take now but the party must check the following questions to consideration firstly; the implications on the alliance? Will it solve the challenges in the alliance? What is our understanding of a reconfigured alliance?
9. We welcome the release of 82 girls by these thugs called Boko Haram in Nigeria but we call upon all African states to show solidarity on the matter and further organize military forces to deal away with these ongoing criminal acts in our continent.
For more information, please contact:
Bonginkosi Mrasi: NUM-YS National Secretary: 064 758 0661/078 188 4300
7 Rissik Street.
Tel: 011 377 2111
Twitter: @Num Media
Its birth was facilitated by comrades Cyril Ramaphosa who rose to be its first General Secretary, James Motlatsi who turned to be its first President, and Elijah Barayi who became its Vice President and later the President of Cosatu in 1985 when the federation was formed. porn