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kusasalethuThe Star reports that the memorial service on Monday for five Kusasalethu mineworkers for a while degenerated into chaos as members of opposing unions exchanged insults and sang songs that disrupted speakers.  

The battle between the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) reared its ugly head as members sat on different sides of the marquee.  VIPs, who including Minerals Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, Harmony Gold chairperson Patrice Motsepe and Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa, as well as grieving families, sat in the middle.  Chaos erupted before NUM’s deputy president, Joseph Montisetsi, was supposed to take to the podium as Amcu members started to sing struggle songs in their corner.  NUM’s health and safety chairperson Peter Bailey spoke on Montisetsi behalf and didn’t mince his words, saying:  “If we carry on like this we would not be showing respect to the deceased, their families and government.”  There was less disruption when Amcu’s Joseph Mathunjwa took to the podium.  Order had been restored by the time Motsepe spoke.

  • Read this report by Lindile Sifile in full at The Star
  • Read too, Thousands attend memorial for dead Kusasalethu miners, at The New Age

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