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Mathunjwa2Miningmx writes that Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president, Joseph Mathunjwa, lived up to his billing as “a s**t-stirrer of note” when he launched an all-out attack on Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman on Tuesday.  

Introducing Mathunjwa to the Platinum Group Metals Industry Day investment conference, chairman Bernard Swanepoel commented:  “Joseph’s official CV should say s**t-stirrer of note; kicked out of the National Union of Mineworkers by (current mines minister) Gwede Mantashe”.  Mathunjwa firstly stated that “… it would be wrong to reduce these challenges (the four-month long strike by Amcu at Sibanye’s gold mines) to myself and Froneman.  That’s not the case.”  But he then compared Froneman to the imperialist Cecil John Rhodes, saying:  “Neal Froneman and his Mafia are the last battalion of exploiters.  If you look where they are coming from it’s Cecil John Rhodes and Charles Rudd from Gold Fields.”  Mathunjwa continued:  “When they unbundled at Gold Fields, Froneman came up with Sibanye.  He never left the learnings of Cecil Rhodes.  He was groomed and brought up under those circumstances.”  Mathunjwa then broadened his attack to include the ANC government under the leadership of Cyril Ramaphosa and the Minerals Council SA, which he claimed was no different from the former Chamber of Mines.  “The culture has not changed since 1902,” he asserted.

  • Read the full original of Brendan Ryan’s report in the above regard at Miningmx

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