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NUM shop stewards face disciplinary action

It is alleged that NUM shop stewards fraudulently changed the union membership of about 200 miners.

Lonmin's Marikana mine. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - At least eight National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) shop stewards will face disciplinary hearings this week for allegedly changing the union membership of about 200 miners at Lonmin's Marikana mine.

Lonmin's Sue Vey said the fraud was discovered by employees who found out this month they were in the wrong union.

"Employees discovered that their membership certificates were changed to rival unions as opposed to the ones they had chose themselves."

Last month the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members downed tools saying they want NUM to vacate its offices at Lonmin because they want majority union recognition at the mine.

The two unions have been at loggerheads since the beginning of the year and now NUM has until 16 July to retain the majority at the mine..

Meanwhile, tensions are still high at Marikana following a NUM shop steward who was gunned down on Monday.

The motive for the murder remains unclear and no arrests have been made.

The shooting comes as Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant met with mining unions ahead of wage negotiations in an attempt to ease tensions in the area.

The mining sector has been rocked with protest action in the past year.