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'Lonmin inconsistent with relief efforts'

NUM is concerned with relief only being provided for Amcu victims of the Marikana shooting.

FILE: Thousands of miners in Marikana gathered at the stadium to be addressed by Amcu leaders on 14 May 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers ( NUM) says it's concerned about relief only being provided to victims of the Marikana shootings by the police in 2012 who are members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu)..

The NUM's National Executive Committee met this week to discuss the latest developments in the mining sector as well as the deployment of its President Senzeni Zokwana and two North West officials to government.

Around 70,000 members of Amcu have been on strike for 17 weeks, demanding a basic salary of R12,500 per month.

Former NUM Deputy President Piet Matosa will take over as acting president until its next national conference next year.

The NUM's Frans Baleni says Lonmin has been inconsistent when dealing with its employees.

"Lonmin has established a trust of all the workers who were killed by police and yet excluded the ten which were killed before the 16th and the subsequent ones. We are saying this is unfair. Not only have people been killed, property has been damaged, houses have been torched.

"We are saying there must be consistency in terms of support."

At the same time community groups have rallied together in a bid to help the families of striking miners, some who have been without food for days.

Relief organisation the Gift of the Givers Foundation on Sunday said it has provided relief aid to more than 10,000 mineworkers and their families on the platinum belt.

A local jazz club has also decided help with a fundraiser event.

The South African Council of Churches also called for more humanitarian relief on Saturday.

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