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DA to push for mining ad-hoc committee

DA Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko will continue to push for the establishment of an ad-hoc committee.

DA Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Democratic Alliance (DA) Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko on Friday said she will continue to push for the establishment of an ad-hoc committee to look at the challenges in the mining sector.

She initially made the call in Parliament in 2012 following the Marikana tragedy.

At least 34 people were killed when police opened fire on striking workers in the North West mining town back in August 2012.

Striking workers were demanding better pay.

The illegal strike action at the Lonmin mine spread to other areas around South Africa.

Mazibuko said the industry is in crisis and it is clearer now, more than ever, that such a committee is necessary.

"My purpose for calling for the establishment of the ad-hoc committee was to bring in all stakeholders from business to government and from organised labour to talk to Parliament about what needs to be done to reform legislation, regulations and the living conditions of workers"

The National Assembly reconvenes in February, with President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address.

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