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numMining Weekly reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has expressed concern about the “deepening crisis” in SA, saying it felt that the “gains of the 1994 democratic breakthrough were fast withering away under the weight of deepening inequality and mass unemployment”.

During its national executive committee (NEC) meeting earlier this month, the attendees noted that while the union “did not need Covid-19 to lay bare the depth of the social, economic and political crisis facing South Africa”, the pandemic had made everything more stark. “No country or State can sustain a society where almost 50% of people eligible to work are unemployed. Nor is it possible to talk of a united, single nation where just 10% of the super-rich own 90% of the wealth. And no society can develop where a woman is raped on average, every 25 seconds or is killed on average every eight hours by an intimate partner,” the union said in a statement issued on Tuesday. The NUM stressed that a “spiral of economic decline” was under way and that it might precipitate social collapse on an unprecedented scale. Moreover, the union lamented that “billions of rands are lost to corruption and other forms of profit shifting, including the central role of ‘western civilised’ transnational corporations”. Meantime, the NUM will be marching to Eskom’s head office in Megawatt Park on 11 December as part of a rolling programme of mass action directed at stopping the unbundling and privatisation of Eskom. The NUM called on all trade unions, trade union federations and broader society to join the march to Megawatt Park, where it intends to demand the disbandment of the Eskom board, as well as the resignation of the CEO, the resignation of the COO and for the conditions of service of its members to be reinstated.

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