NUM Calls for the Blacklisting of Company Directors

The poor handling of the Grootvlei and Orkney gold mines by Aurora Empowerment Systems has led to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) asking for legislative changes which would allow for the blacklisting of company directors.

In a recent hearing conducted by the mineral resources committee into what actions were being taken by Aurora, the liquidators, the Department of Labour and NUM to alleviate the pressure on unpaid workers following the mismanagement at the two gold mines. The company directors include President Jacob Zuma’s nephew, Khulubuse Zuma and former president Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Zondwa Mandela, who both failed to appear before the committee. The joint provisional liquidators were also not present at the hearing.

NUM spokesperson, Madoda Sambatha, said that the workers at the liquidated companies were among the last to be paid, after shareholders and creditors. He went on to complain that if a worker did not pay his accounts, he would be blacklisted, while the company directors who do not pay the employees have to be taken to court or someone else has to foot the bill.

This could be set to change in the future though as parliament’s labour committee chairman, Elleck Nchabaleng has said that the rights of workers during liquidation will form part of the overhaul of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act which is currently underway.

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