NUM: Lonmin must stop attacking us

Lesiba Seshoka said the union was targeted because of its ties to the ANC.

FILE: Hundreds of stick-wielding Lonmin mineworkers gathered on the outskirts of Wonderkop village on Tuesday. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said mining giant Lonmin will face further strikes if it does not stop attacking them by their actions and through the media.

The union is outraged after eight of its shop stewards will face disciplinary charges at the mining company for allegedly altering hundreds of union memberships.

The shop stewards allegedly falsified certificates to make it seem as though about two hundred employees had left rival union Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and joined their own.

But NUM's Lesiba Seshoka said if Lonmin has to prove the allegations it needs to stop using the media against them.

He also accused the company of preferential treatment to rival union Amcu.

"If they continue with this behaviour they are going to find themselves in a difficult situation. We will exercise our options through strike action."

On Wednesday, Seshoka also accused the company of being more interested in changing the ruling party than conducting business.

He said the union was targeted because of its ties to the ANC.

Meanwhile, Amcu on Wednesday said the suspension of the NUM shop stewards would finally expose the type of union that NUM really is.

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

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 NUM were alleging against Amcu."