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Bench Marks Foundation: Zuma's threat to shut down Lonmin weightless

President Jacob Zuma threatened to shut down Lonmin mine if it does not submit a compliant housing plan.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma returned to Marikana in the North West on 22 August 2012 to address striking Lonmin mineworkers. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – The Bench Marks Foundation says the threat by President Jacob Zuma to shut down Lonmin mine if it does not submit a compliant housing plan has no real weight and it says all government is doing is requesting the mine to come up with a better plan.

The foundation has called for the social and labour plans of all mining companies, not just Lonmin, to be audited.

This week the Presidency issued an update on the steps taken by government to implement the Farlam Commission of Inquiry’s recommendations, and based on that report the president instructed Lonmin to give a clear timeline on when it will build houses for workers.

The foundation’s Chief Executive Officer John Capel says one of the problems is that Lonmin, along with other mines, don't intend on paying for the housing.

“Lonmin is not compliant with its social and labour plan and we showed how they are not compliant. We said the Department of Mineral Resources should revoke their license - nothing happened.”

Capel says it is problematic that the Lonmin mine has been given the last 10 years to come up with a better strategy.

“That’s all Lonmin has been doing for the last 10 years, planning but not implementing.”

On compensation for families who lost loved ones in the 2012 massacre, police say government is ready to pay lawyers and finalise all remaining details.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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