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mildredoliphantBusinessLive reports that Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has engaged with labour federations about the unhealthy competition among unions on the platinum belt that has claimed six lives thus far and wants the Department of Mineral Resources to deal with the killings.  

The murdered mineworkers were gunned down at Impala and Lonmin, raising concerns over a pending crisis in the mining community.  Oliphant stated:  "The Department of Mineral Resources, in particular, has to deal with those issues because they are the department responsible for mining administration, but I have just shared with the federations in particular that what the unions need to do irrespective of affiliation is … work for the betterment of workers, and therefore they can’t fight or compete.”  The reasons for the killings, which seem to have been targeting members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), remain unclear.  Although Oliphant did not directly attribute the killings to union rivalry, her statements suggested that that was her analysis of the cause of the conflict.  Authorities have yet to make a breakthrough in their investigations.

  • Read this report by Theto Mahlakoana in full at BusinessLive


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