Open letter to President Zuma by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP - UDM President
The abovementioned matter has reference.
Thank you for your prompt response to my letter dated the 31 of August 2012, requesting you to intervene in the decision to charge the mineworkers with the murder of their colleagues under the common purpose law.
Today, I write to you to share the UDM’s concerns about the implications of Cabinet’s decision to crackdown on illegal gatherings, the carrying of dangerous weapons and the threats of violence in Marikana.
The workers have over the past few days heeded the call to stop the carrying of dangerous weapons during gatherings. Therefore, Government’s tardy crackdown on the carrying of dangerous weapons is puzzling.
In addition, the crackdown on illegal gatherings interferes with salary negotiations. It makes it impossible for workers to gather peacefully to discuss counteroffers from the employer. Also, it makes it unfeasible for workers to give new mandates to their representatives at the negotiations. In such a situation, how shall we ensure a speedy resolution of this labour dispute?
By denying the workers an opportunity to gather peacefully, Government plays into the hands of the employers, who might use this to divide the workers.
I fail to understand why no pressure is put on the employers to play their part, as they keep getting away with making marginal concessions to the workers’ demands.
This undeclared state of emergency seems to favour the employers at the expense of the employees.
We call on you to lift this undeclared state of emergency Government has imposed on Marikana in order to ensure that we do not lose sight of the labour dispute at hand.
Bantu Holomisa, MP