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Num admits graft exists within union

By Vusi Xaba | Jun 09, 2011 | COMMENTS [ 8 ]

THE National Union of Mineworkers has admitted that there are corrupt officials within its ranks

The union is among the organisations that have been loud in waging war against corruption.

Num general secretary Frans Baleni told a media briefing in Johannesburg yesterday that while it endorsed efforts by the state security agencies to root out corruption, they had detected "tenderprenuers" within the union.

"Corruption is not limited only to government.

"We have had instances where companies contracted to us, especially catering companies cooking at the hostels, telling us that they had been paying bribes to get contracts.

"They said they wanted to come clean. Shop stewards involved in corruption mobilise against these individuals so that they no longer get tenders from us," Baleni said.

He could not say how much corruption within its ranks had cost the union.

In a briefing that followed the union's central committee meeting last week, Baleni also came out in support of the ANC's decision to research on the issue of nationalising the mines.

He said Num's position was that no decision about the mines must be taken without the involvement of mineworkers.

He said while Num supported nationalisation as expressed in the Freedom Charter, the matter should be decided based on scientific research and not emotions.

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Jun 09, 2011 6:26 | 0 replies

tell Malema about scientific research!!! wa tshameka wena..the guy struggled with wood-work.

Jun 09, 2011 6:32 | 0 replies

......and Juju the Weeble wants to nationalise the mines when corruption even now is rife!! What a farse!!

Jun 09, 2011 6:59 | 0 replies

whether we like it or not, MaJunju has raised the issue of the nationalisation of mines and for your information the ANChas formed a committee which is tasked with doing a research on the issue and the research will be tabled before the next ANC Policy Conference. So whether Julius has passed woodwork or not, is irrelevant and immaterial now simply because the ruling party is agreeing that indeed there is a need to nationalise mines. The only question is, how. Whether Julius struggled with woodwork or not, is irrelevant because he is the Youth League president and he will be the President again. Take it or leave it. Like it or not. It wont change.

Jun 09, 2011 7:33 | 0 replies

Atleast they know they are not holy, now let them root it out. As for nationalisation, their position is clear. We all waiting for that investigation.But Juju did put the issue on the table & now it is a national issue. For that he has shown leadership, & no one can take it away from him.Even if you hate him.

Jun 09, 2011 7:56 | 0 replies

'He could not say how much corruption within its ranks had cost the union.'

With regard to the above-said statement, i want to know who called the press conference when he can't provide the stats.

Jun 09, 2011 8:4 | 0 replies

ThirdEye - Its not a national issue.
Julius isnt even in government.

Jun 09, 2011 10:8 | 0 replies

" South Africa is the only country in the world where affirmative action is in the favour of the majority who has complete political control. The fact that the political majority requires affirmative action to protect them against a 9% minority group is testament to a complete failure on their part to build their own wealth making structures, such that their only solution is to take it from others."

London Times

Jun 09, 2011 8:32 | 0 replies