'Victims of Marikana shouldn't be used to mend ANC-EFF broken relations'

Amcu President, Joseph Mathunjwa says they 'were unpleasantly surprised' by utterances made by President Cyril Ramaphosa that he will be visiting the victims of Marikana to apologise.

Read: 'Ramaphosa must apologise to families of Marikana miners if he is sincere'

Ramaphosa was speaking at the official funeral of struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela stating that he will fulfill his promise to her.

But Mathunjwa says Amcu is not happy about that announcement and says the victims of Marikana should not be used to mend the broken relationship between the two parties.

Also read: An EFF and ANC coalition? 'This was Mama Winnie's last wish'

Both the EFF and the ANC have no organisational rights in that mine, therefore, it is very wrong to suggest that the EFF is the gatekeeper for the State President to meet the widows. Those widows are organised, and they are under the banner of Amcu. We are the only trade union there.

Joseph Mathunjwa, AMCU President

For the President to come and meet the widows, he doesn't need the EFF to accompany him if he is serious.

Joseph Mathunjwa, AMCU President

Mathunjwa says this is not the first time the President is making such announcements. He says Marikana is being used as a PR exercise to make try mend political fences.

If the President is serious about the people of Marikana, he should silently compensate the widows and apologise, without making a noise about it, says Mathunjwa.

We really don't appreciate such things. These are our people, they have feelings and he is playing with the feelings of our people.

Joseph Mathunjwa, AMCU President

To hear the rest of the interview with Amcu's Joseph Mathunjwa, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'Victims of Marikana shouldn't be used to mend ANC-EFF broken relations'


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Satawu back in talks with bus companies

Satawu back in talks with bus companies

Thousands of bus drivers have downed tools as part of a national strike.

Bus drivers demand 12% increase across board

Bus drivers demand 12% increase across board

On top of the 12% demand, Satawu is demanding that long distance buses should have two drivers and their allowance increased.

Nationwide bus strike kicks into gear on Wednesday

Nationwide bus strike kicks into gear on Wednesday

The indefinite bus strike across SA affects services including MyCiti, Golden Arrow, Autopax, Greyhound, Putco, Reavaya, and more.

Sanral workers disrupt N1 traffic in strike over 130% salary hike

Sanral workers disrupt N1 traffic in strike over 130% salary hike

Sanral workers have taken to the national roads and blocked the N1 highway in a union strike over a proposed 130% salary hike.

Train services derailed by ongoing attacks

Train services derailed by ongoing attacks

In the past two weeks, Metrorail has faced a spate of arson attacks, vandalism, infrastructure theft and the intimidation of crew.

Metrorail commuters must brace themselves for further delays

Metrorail commuters must brace themselves for further delays

Train services across the city were thrown into disarray last week after a spate of arson attacks and incidents of vandalism.

Satawu strike declared illegal

Satawu strike declared illegal

A Metrorail strike interdict was granted last night. Trains are running as usual at this stage, according to Richard Walker.

WC Metrorail workers to strike, pushing union agenda - Richard Walker

WC Metrorail workers to strike, pushing union agenda - Richard Walker

Metrorail says the grievances of Satawu’s workers relate to the employment of fixed & contract workers, but will be resolved soon.

SAA’s crisis deepens (amid job cuts, pilot discontent and a fight with Treasury)

SAA’s crisis deepens (amid job cuts, pilot discontent and a fight with Treasury)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Guy Leitch, Editor and Publisher of SA Flyer Magazine.

Popular articles
[WATCH] Grootes's take on why EFF silent on Dlamini's SABC interview

[WATCH] Grootes's take on why EFF silent on Dlamini's SABC interview

702 Afternoon Drive host Stephen Grootes's comment involves past dealings that involve EFF national chair, Advocate Dali Mpofu.

This is how much you should be paying your domestic worker

This is how much you should be paying your domestic worker

Stephen Rathai, director of employment standards at the Department of Labour talks on the new national minimum wage.

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Bruce Whitfield interviews La Grange about her and Madiba's attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.)

I was not introduced to Ajay Gupta - Grootes

I was not introduced to Ajay Gupta - Grootes

Stephen Grootes says he believes former Eskom CEO Brian Dames when said he was not formally introduced to the Gupta family.

Why the PAC wants South Africa renamed Azania

Why the PAC wants South Africa renamed Azania

Pan Africanist Congress's Narius Moloto explains why it supports the name Azania, a word which he says has Arabic origins.

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

The EFF lawyer stole the show during the state capture report court battle.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...