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SipunziThe National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) issued a statement on Tuesday strenuously denying the “lies or fake news that are being peddled by the mainstream media” that its general secretary David Sipunzi was “flirting” with the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu).  

Saftu is a rival federation to Cosatu, with which the NUM is affiliated.  The union has apparently been informed that a senior journalist from a Sunday newspaper will be publishing this allegation this coming Sunday.  “This is part of a smear campaign by faceless sources that feed media with lies or fake news that if a particular leader emerges at the upcoming NUM National Congress the NUM will join SAFTU”, the statement reads.  It goes on to note that “the NUM will never join SAFTU without a mandate from its members in mining, energy, and construction.”  According to the NUM, the journalists involved with such stories have refused to interview the NUM general secretary, but are nonetheless willing to publish the “fake news”.  “We expect journalists, as they are workers themselves, to report factually about worker issues and refrain from journalism which is sensational and only serve to further divide the workers,” the union stated.

  • Read the NUM’s press statement at NUM News

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