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numMail & Guardian writes that a bitter feud between rival groups in the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will come to a head at its elective conference next month.  

Supporters of general secretary David Sipunzi and president Piet Matosa will go head to head over the union’s top positions.  Sipunzi’s faction represents the new NUM leadership, whereas Matosa represents the old guard.  Matosa’s supporters are largely based in the mining town of Klerksdorp, the Eastern Cape, Western Cape and North West.  Sipunzi enjoys majority support from the union’s biggest regions in Mpumalanga, Gauteng, Limpopo and the Free State.  Sipunzi narrowly defeated Frans Baleni, former general secretary and Matosa’s ally, in 2015 in an election that threatened to split the union.  Matosa’s faction is now pushing for Carletonville regional secretary Mbuyiseli Hibana to take over from Sipunzi as general secretary.  But, Sipunzi’s supporters said last week he stood a good chance to retain his position.  Sipunzi’s faction wants Matosa to be replaced by NUM deputy president Joseph Montisetsi, but last week the Kopanong branch in Klerksdorp marched to the NUM’s regional office calling for Matosa to be re-elected unopposed.  Meantime, the union continues to lose members.

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