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Vavi heads to troubled mine

Cosatu Secretary General Zwelinzima Vavi and other delegates are heading to Gold Fields’ KDC Mine.

Goldfields miners gather at a stadium in Driefontein, demanding a wage hike. Picture: Theo Nkonki/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Cosatu Secretary General Zwelinzima Vavi on Wednesday left the federation's national congress and rushed to speak to workers on a wildcat strike at the Gold Fields' Kloof-Driefontein complex (KDC) Mine in Carletonville on Gauteng's West Rand.

This after mining bosses said they would implement a court interdict, sacking 15,000 workers for their role in the ongoing mass action.

Vavi interrupted the congress, saying he was going to the mine and asked for several officials to accompany him.

Several senior National Union of Mineworkers (Num) officials and other delegates will join Vavi to assess the situation at the mine.

Earlier in September, Gold Fields' miners embarked on an illegal strike to rally for wage increases.

Workers are requesting a wage increase to bring their monthly salaries to R12,500 a month.

The Midrand conference continued without Vavi and other delegates.

Both Planning Minister Trevor Manuel and Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel are due to address the conference.

The ministers appear to differ in their views of how the economy should develop over the next few years.

Patel, who has a background in the union movement, is likely to receive a good reception.