Thursday, May 15, 2014

Premier Modise call on miners to exercise their right to protest

Loyiso Langeni
15 May 2014

North West Premier Thandi Modise has called for protestors in the province to exercise their right to protest within the framework of the law, and to avoid violent confrontation with police. 

Early this week police had to use rubber bullets to disperse an illegal gathering in Mmaditlokwe Informal Settlement near Marikana. This led to the arrest of sixteen people. 

Premier Modise Spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele said Premier Modise says that the resorting resolution Resorting to threats of dismissals, court actions and mobilising for intensified intimidation and violence against non-striking workers and those who wish to return to work instead of reaching a settlement to end the strike will only serve to exacerbate the already volatile situation that demands urgent responsible action by all parties to avert another Marikana.

Kgwele added that Modise called on traditional leaders and community leaders in the platinum belt not succumb to pressure to drag their communities into the wage dispute as it remains a matter between mining houses and AMCU.

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