Johannesburg, South Africa — 22 July 2013 – The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) still represents workers at Lonmin, it told workers at a weekend rally in Marikana in South Africa.
“We are still a majority in the bargaining unit catering for officials,” Fin24 quoted NUM chief negotiator at Lonmin Eric Gcilitshana as saying.
The union was on a recruitment drive after losing its majority status at Lonmin. “The NUM still exists. We lost members in the other unit,” he added.
Gcilitshana claimed that workers were being intimidated for wearing NUM T-shirts. “Our people are killed for wearing red T-shirts. They told us they risked being killed if seen next to us.”
The police and private security guards have been deployed in the area.
A group of men, some wrapped in blankets, gathered on a piece of ground near the stadium yesterday afternoon. They were reportedly members of AMCU living in Nkaneng. “They pretend to watch football, but we know they are spying on us," said NUM mineworker Annie Melk.
Forty-four people were killed in Marikana last August during strike-related violence at Lonmin. Thirty four of them were shot dead by the police on August 16. Ten people, including two policemen and two security guards, were killed during violence in the preceding week.
Source: Fin24. For more information, click here.
(Picture: Lucas Ledwaba/City Press)