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numsaNews24 reports that the Western Cape wing of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) will be writing to the Department of Labour to be part of the formal inquiry into the deadly blast that took place at Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) in the Western Cape last week.  

Regional general secretary Vuyo Lufele said:  "We are concerned that a company which is partly owned by Denel should experience such a tragedy.  We are concerned about the safety of workers at that plant and we are wondering whether all safety procedures were followed."  He said the union's occupational health and safety specialist was hoping to visit RDM's human resources head on Wednesday to find out what had happened and to obtain information about the workplace.  The union also wants to be included in the current investigation and wants a full inquiry to be triggered in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).  "We know they are going to give us their story.  But we want to know what happened," said Lufele.  Although Numsa does not have representation at the Somerset West RDM plant, it has representation via Denel at a national level.  Eight people were killed in a blast at one of the more than 400 buildings at the property, near Macassar, last Monday afternoon.

  • Read this report by Jenni Evans & Tammy Petersen in full at News24
  • Read Numsa‚Äôs press statement at Polity

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