Thirteen NUM members fired

They lodged an appeal against the decision through NUM. They have also referred the matter to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

The dismissed workers include the branch chairman, Sifiso “Bhodloza” Lubisi, Mandla Mathonsi, Jacques Malambe, Excellent Simelane, Shonny Mhlongo, Bongane Sandleni, Nathi Mkhwanazi, Walter Mabuza, Victor Ndinisa and Lwazi Zulu.

According to Lubisi, they were all dismissed without appearing in the disciplinary hearing.

“Each employee was supposed to be served with his or her letter of suspension as well as the letter of notification to attend the disciplinary hearing. We were supposed to also have charges of the misconduct alleged to be committed and his or her rights to be read and understood and all documents signed by all parties.”

“But the reality of the matter here is that the new black human resources manager (Sello Mashabela), he never applied for the position of HR manager, either in Pan African Resources or in Barberton Mines, but he was given a task or an assignment to come and accomplish in Barberton Mines. He said once all that is fulfilled he will go back to his beautiful home in London, England as he has no interest in staying in these bushes of Barberton,” said Lubisi.

Dumsani Mabuka, NUM regional deputy secretary said they have written an appeal letter to the employer about the mass dismissal. “The company did not issue a notice of hearing to the employees. Instead, they sent them to the regional office, which is a clear case of a manhunt,” added Mabuka.

The mine management could not be reached for comment at the time of going to press.

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Richard Nkosi
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