|National Union of Mineworkers (South Africa) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
The NUM alleged that its leader in Rustenburg, the scene of a wildcat strike that brought Amplats’ operations to a halt, was called derogatory names by the company’s White security officials at its Swartklip Union mine in Limpopo province. The official was racially abused Monday together with a journalist for the South African Broadcasting Corporation, the union charged in a statement.
The union’s attempts to intercede on behalf of miners fired last week by Amplats had been thwarted, said NUM spokesman Lesiba Seshoka.
“It has become very clear that the company promotes racism through procuring security and other services from racists and their companies and that it has no intention to empower African people,” Seshoka said. “The company has a week ago embarked on mass dismissals and was in the process of doing the same at Swartklip when the NUM leaders sought to intervene and speak to members only to be met with imported racism of a special type.” • Africanglobe