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sahrc thumb medium90 90EWN reports that the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) visited Sibanye-Stillwater’s Driefontein operation on Wednesday and indicated that it still needed to determine if there was a need for a public inquiry into disruptions at the mine.  

Fifteen-thousand workers affiliated to Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) have been on strike at Sibanye’s gold mines for almost five months.  The union has refused to sign the agreement that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Solidarity and Uasa entered into with the company last year.  The SAHRC’s Buang Jones said that their role was to assist in finding a solution to the strike.  Indicating that they were alerted by workers from different unions to the impact of the strike on their livelihoods, he added:  “There are issues.  There’s a rivalry between Amcu and NUM and there has been a verification process conducted which, according to Sibanye, shows that Amcu is no longer the majority union.”  Jones said that union bosses, police and mine management were given until the end of the month to make written submissions to the commission and then the decision on whether there would be public hearings would be made.  The deaths of nine miners during the strike also needed to be investigated.

  • Read the original of Kgomotso Modise’s report on the above at EWN

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