EFFORTS TO CURTAIL WORKERS’ FREEDOMS HAMPER MEANINGFUL RESOLUTION OF CONFLICT

MEDIA STATEMENT – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

27 SEPTEMBER 2012

EFFORTS TO CURTAIL WORKERS’ FREEDOMS HAMPER MEANINGFUL RESOLUTION OF CONFLICT

The FXI is deeply concerned at on-going violations of workers rights’ to gather and organise in the Rustenburg area of the North West Province. The area is currently plagued by a rash of strikes by workers in the platinum mining sector, and is also still reeling from the massacre of 36 workers at nearby Marikana last month. Workers at the Royal Bafokeng Mine and Anglo Platinum Mine in Rustenburg have been on strike for the past two weeks. Continue reading

POLICE VIOLATE JULIUS MALEMA’S RIGHTS

POLICE VIOLATE JULIUS MALEMA’S RIGHTS

The police in the North West set a dangerous, if not illegal, precedent  yesterday in preventing Julius Malema from addressing striking miners gathered at a stadium in Marikana.  Police summarily stopped Malema from entering the stadium where workers were gathered and then proceeded to escort him by car out of the district.  The FXI is aware of the tragic watershed moment that the Marikane Massacre symbolises in our history of democracy. We are further aware of the unresolved conflicts, grievances and demands of the Marikane workers and which could easily be a touchstone to further inflame emotions.  While noting the criminal complaint of incitement that has been lodged against Malema, and notwithstanding an investigation in this respect, Malema still had a right to address the workers who had invited him. Continue reading