NUM willing to sign peace pledge
Num president is willing to ensure that the Marikana tragedy never repeats itself.
MARIKANA - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Friday said it was willing to sign a pledge with everyone affected by the Marikana tragedy to ensure it never happens again.
NUM President Senzeni Zokwana was cross-examined at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry about the union's role in the days leading up to the August shooting in which 34 miners were killed at Lonmin's platinum mine in the North West.
A total of 44 people lost their lives during the three-week long illegal strike. The miners were demanding a monthly salary of R12,500.
Zokwana said it was unfortunate that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), the NUM's rival, did not sign a peace accord during the illegal strike to try and resolve the issues at Marikana.
However, he said when the commission made findings and recommendations he would be willing to sign a pledge with Amcu and other unions.
"As a union we believe that the right to life is that which our Constitution promises everybody. We would sign that, we would work towards that."
Zokwana has been cross-examined for more than a week now.
The miners who were affected by the violence are expected to start testifying from next week.
Earlier this week, Zokwana was criticised for not doing enough to stop the illegal strike when he had dealt with something similar at Impala's platinum mine.
He defended the NUM, saying they have always been on the side of the mineworkers.