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Mathunjwa: Zwane's lack of leadership has affected working class

Amcu's Joseph Mathunjwa says a lack of leadership in SA has affected the working class, particularly a lack of direction from Mosebenzi Zwane.

FILE: Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) President Joseph Mathunjwa says Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane hasn't given much direction since he was appointed and fighting job cuts is now imperative.

The union has raised concerns about the 20,000 jobs that have been put at risk in the past few weeks, warning of planned protests against the retrenchments.

Anglo Gold Ashanti and Sibanye Gold are currently in the process of retrenching thousands of workers.

Mathunjwa says a lack of leadership in the country has affected the working class, particularly a lack of direction from Zwane.

“We don’t have any direct engagement with Minister Zwane. The last time I met him was at Lilly Mine when he promised R200,000 for the families.”

Mathunjwa says that mining bosses and industry leaders need to rethink how they operate to avoid retrenchments.

He says that the union is trying to come up with alternatives to save jobs.

“Including the unbundling of mining operations into a smaller operation with a lower overhead cost. While Amcu is actively engaging in this retrenchment processes it also referred a protest action notice.”