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sahrc thumb medium90 90Business Report writes that the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) was scheduled on Wednesday to conduct a fact-finding mission at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Driefontein mine in Carletonville amid the four-and-a-half-month wage strike that has claimed nine lives.  

Employees and community members approached the commission to raise concerns that the strike led by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) could lead to another Marikana tragedy similar to that of mid-August 2012.  The SAHRC said it would investigate alleged human rights violations and attempt to broker a deal to end the strike.  “The commission will seek to examine whether the mining company and the labour unions have exercised their best endeavours to resolve the ongoing industrial dispute and whether sufficient safeguards and measures have been employed to ensure the safety of employees and prevent the outbreak of violence,” the SAHRC indicated.  It also said it planned to examine the role played by the SA Police Service in dealing with incidents and responding to the threat and outbreak of violence between any parties.  During a visit to Carletonville last month, Police Minister Bheki Cele launched a crime combating and reaction team in response to the killings, assaults and the torching of the homes and vehicles of the non-striking workers.

  • Read the full original of Dineo Faku’s report in the above regard at Business Report
  • See too, SAHRC to visit Sibanye’s Driefontein division after nine killed in strike, at EWN

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