Amcu to testify in Marikana inquiry

Amcu's Joe Mathunjwa will explain his version of events leading up to the Marikana shooting.

Amcu's Joseph Mathunjwa. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

RUSTENBURG - Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathunjwa is expected to testify at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry on Tuesday.

Mathunjwa is said to have played an integral part in the strike and the days leading up to the shooting.

He also encouraged miners to fight for their wages and said that Amcu was a small union that Lonmin was not paying attention to.

After trying to negotiate with mining bosses, Mathunjwa got on his knees and begged the miners to hand over their weapons before the bloodbath ensued.

The commission is trying to determine if the police were justified in using maximum force while dispersing the platinum miners in August.

34 miners were killed when police used live ammunition on the striking miners on the 16 August.

Meanwhile, the Chamber of Mines lashed out at the ANC and mining unions for allowing the Marikana bloodbath to happen.

The Chamber's CEO Bheki Sibiya said a lack of service delivery by the ruling party left workers in many South African sectors unsatisfied.

He also said government has not given the poor the tools that they need to survive.

"We had the mining union aristocracy, which then got removed. Because they got removed from the rock face, they were not as attuned to the needs of the employees."

The CEO said the Chamber learnt from these mistakes and will help to foster an environment where violence is not used to enhance bargaining power.

He was speaking at a DA panel discussion on the effects the mining tragedy has had on labour relations and the South African economy.