Mantashe crits those ‘riding on corpses’
Gwede Mantashe has criticised those trying to further their political careers by 'riding on Marikana corpses'.
JOHANNESBURG - ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe claims the Association of Miners and Construction Union (Amcu) may be trying to create "no-go zones" for government.
He and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) stepped up their attacks on the upstart union over the weekend.
Amcu has been strongly criticised for its role in the Marikana shooting ten days ago.
Mantashe said he believed Amcu was simply using workers as cannon fodder for its own ends.
He blamed the union of trying to create a "no-go zone for government".
"I think government must take that quite seriously and never allow it to happen and deal with the genuine problem (faced by miners)."
And he strongly criticised those who, he says, are using the strike to further their own political careers.
"It is always dangerous to ride on the corpses of our people."
Last week, expelled ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema told grieving miners that government was responsible for the deaths of those murdered during the three-week long strike by rock drillers at Lonmin's Marikana mine.
Those include the 34 miners killed during a conflict between police deployed to the mining town and protesters.
Malema accused government of protecting senior ANC member Cyril Ramaphosa, who owns shares in the Western Platinum mine.
Employees have demanded that Lonmin management increase their current salary from R4,900 per month to R12,500.
About 7,000 of Lonmin's entire workforce are members of Amcu.