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COSATU Northern Cape statement on the hypocrisy of De Beers
The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the Northern Cape has learned with shock and anger about the sale of Kimberley Mines to Ekapa Minerals (PTY) LTD. This consortium includes Petra Diamonds, a company that is notorious for violation of workers` rights and high levels of exploitation.
De Beers has taken this decision after failing in their attempts to retrench workers. Their action is a continuation of their programme of dumping Kimberley with increased unemployment and no investment after more than 100 years of stealing out diamonds. This is an indictment on the Department of Mineral Resources whose officials seem to be playing along in this game of capitalist exploitation. We are convinced that had the DMR made the necessary intervention this sale would not have gone ahead. We still stand by our view that the only honourable thing De Beers would have done was to donate the mine to the workers and fund them to continue with the operations.
They keep on lying to the people that their objective is to retain jobs when they know very well that Petra has a track record of reducing the conditions of employment and retrenching workers in a racist manner.
Our many attempts to meet with the officials of DMR in the Northern Cape have proven futile on many occasions; the only thing they know is to correspond communication via e-mails.
We will work together with our affiliate, the NUM to ensure that this unpopular and infamous deal does not lead to the exploitation of African workers as it is the case at Finsch Mine and Kimberley underground.
For more information contact the Provincial Secretary,
Anele Gxoyiya @ 082 829 1961