12 June 2018
The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) would like to express its sincerest condolences to the families of four Kloof Ikamva Shaft miners whose bodies were found after they went missing in the shaft yesterday. The fifth miner was still missing. These miners were not just statistics but fathers, sons, siblings and breadwinners for their families.
SADTU reiterates the call by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) for the Department of Mineral Resources and Inspectorate to call on Sibanye Stillwater who own the Kloof Ikamva Shaft to account for these tragedies. The latest tragedy is the seventh at Sibanye Stillwater and the 19th fatality since the beginning of the year. The continuous undermining of the safety regulations and the laws of our country by the mining bosses cannot be tolerated.
We urge the Department to take action against the company management, as we have never seen any action taken against mining companies when these tragedies happen. We further call on the workers to exercise their right to withdraw their labour when exposed to unsafe working conditions.
Workers go to work to earn a salary to support their children and families and not to lose a limb or life. Workers lose their lives while the bosses count and celebrate their profits every day. One life lost is one too many.
ISSUED BY: SADTU Secretariat
General Secretary, Mugwena Maluleke; 082 783 2968
Deputy General Secretary, Nkosana Dolopi; 082 709 5651
Media Officer, Nomusa Cembi; 082 719 5157