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NUM's true colours revealed - Amcu

The shop stewards were caught allegedly submitting fraudulent membership forms.

AMCU's Joseph Mathunjwa speaks during a media briefing about the Lonmin peace deal. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) on Wednesday said the suspension of eight National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) shop stewards would finally expose the type of union that NUM really is.

Lonmin suspended the union members after they were caught allegedly submitting fraudulent membership forms.

NUM rejected Lonmin's actions and vowed to support the shop stewards.

The union added the suspensions reflected Lonmin's one-sided approach and showed clear favouritism towards Amcu.

NUM's Lesiba Seshoka said, "In the absence of empirical information, our members are innocent until found guilty."

Amcu President Joseph Mathunjwa said the suspensions revealed who the real intimidators were.

"Now, the world can know that yes, indeed, it was the opposite of what they [NUM] were alleging against Amcu."

NUM said Lonmin's actions confirmed the company was not in the country to do business, but to effect regime change.

Meanwhile, a commission of inquiry is underway to determine what happened on the day 34 miners were shot dead last August.

The miners were taking part in an illegal strike demanding better wages when they clashed with police.

Officials deny any wrongdoing.

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