22 January 2014

South Africa: IFP Calls for a Peaceful Mineworkers Strike Tomorrow

Photo: Werner Beukes/SAPA
Striking mineworkers (file photo).

press release

The IFP calls on all the mineworkers who will embark on a strike in the platinum mines tomorrow to do so peacefully and without any violence. IFP Spokesperson on Police, Mr Velaphi Ndlovu MP said, "We call upon the mineworkers who will be striking tomorrow to respect the rights of those who will report for duty. The mineworkers and union leaders must ensure that the strike is protected. The mineworkers should not carry dangerous weapons."

Ndlovu added, "The South African Police Services (SAPS) should protect all the parties affected by the strike. They should maintain high visibility around the strike area. They should not provoke the mineworkers and the mineworkers should not provoke the police. We urge SAPS to engage with mineworkers peacefully as we do not want to see what recently happened in Muthutlung. The police should not get involved in negotiations between the mineworkers and mine management. They should only stick to their mandate, which is to keep law and order."

Ndlovu concluded, "It will be of good course if the Deputy President would intervene in this strike immediately; to maintain calm and ensure that the economy of this country does not get badly affected."

Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Police, Mr Velaphi Ndlovu MP, 083 625 0803

For media queries contact:

IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison Officer, Ms Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497 1252

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