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numSowetan reports that factional battles over leadership choices at the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) spilled out into the open at its hotly contested elective national congress that got under way in Boksburg on Wednesday.  

There were chaotic scenes as delegates fought over who should attend the congress.  A call by NUM president Piet Matosa for delegates to stop howling fell on deaf ears as they shouted “voetsek” when NUM deputy president Joseph Montisetsi tried to clarify the issue of credentials.  The disbandment of the Rustenburg regional executive committee also appeared to be at the centre of divisions and infighting within the union.  Matosa supporters accused NUM general secretary David Sipunzi of “antagonising” the Rustenburg region because it was backing Matosa to retain his position as the union’s president.  Sipunzi pointed out the decision to disband the Rustenburg region had been taken by the national executive committee.  Carletonville regional secretary Mbuyiseni Hibana said the congress faced the risk of collapsing, while Highveld regional secretary Tshilidzi Mathava reckoned the congress was likely to be interdicted by Rustenburg leaders.  The congress ends on Friday.

  • Read more of this Sowetan report by Ngwako Modjadji at SA Labour News
  • Read too, NUM elective congress off to a chaotic start, at Timeslive

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