numANA reports that National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) at Kimberley Ekapa Mining Joint Venture (KEM JV) said on Monday that it was "very concerned and disturbed" by the manner in which the mine management was allegedly treating the workers and victimising its leadership at the mine.  

This comes after a slew of allegations of racism, suspensions and ill-treatment of union members by mine management.  The NUM claimed that racism was rife within the company and that transformation was "just window dressing".  Another burning issue was apparently the ill-treatment of the NUM branch leadership, especially the branch chairperson and secretary.  Furthermore, the company allegedly failed to implement its own recruitment policies, “which is a cause for concern and the company is busy recruiting people who don’t have qualifications."  KEM JV representatives were not immediately available for comment on Monday.

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