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Mineworkers congress set to re-elect leadership

By Kingdom Mabuza, Labour Reporter | May 07, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 4 ]

NATIONAL Union of Mineworkers (NUM) president Senzeni Zokwana and general secretary Frans Baleni look set to retain their positions when the union holds its elective congress later this month.

Although their positions will be contested, their opponents did not manage to secure as many nominations as they did. The rivals only secured four nominations each out of the 11 regions.

Zokwana's re-election will come in handy for a lobby group that is working behind the scenes to position him as chairmanof the SA Communist Party later this year. Zokwana's leadership will be contested by North West regional secretary Joseph Montisetse.

Zokwana received seven nominations from regions across the country while Montisetse was affirmed by four regions, mostly in the North West.

Baleni, who has also been nominated by seven regions, will stand against his current deputy Oupa Komane, whose nomination is also concentrated in North West.

Treasurer David Macatha and the national secretary for health and safety Eric Gcilitshane will stand for re-election unopposed.

A scramble for the deputy general secretary position will be between William Mabapa and Tshimane Montoedi.

Both candidates have been nominated by four regions.

The congress will be addressed by President Jacob Zuma, SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande, Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi, Public Enterprise Minister Malusi Gigaba and International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

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When is the old Age to retire? the mining employees need new fresh minds to deal with real issues that the mine workers face at work and their homes, at work they face unsafe hostel and working conditions and home, their famelies are poor and yet they dig up metals that make others and their families richer. Mine worers need to be shareholders of the mines, mine workers must share in the rich that they dig up from the billy of the mother earth. They need fresh minds, young educated Leaders. Old people must retire, their time is up.

May 07, 2012 9:40 | 0 replies

I think journalists should do their homework. The number of regions is really meaningless. There is hardly any mining activities in KZN, Eastern Cape and Western Cape. North-West, Gauteng, Northern Cape and to a certain extent Limpopo, Free State and Northern Cape are the only provinces that count.

May 07, 2012 9:51 | 0 replies

Baleni,you have my vote mpintshi gazi....we don't want illiterates to lead the organization!!!
Otherwise it's gonna turn out to be a mez !

May 07, 2012 1:59 | 0 replies

Cde's no longer want 2 relinquish they want 2 be traditionalist can't even build 2nd layer of leadership and that is very dangerous!!!

May 07, 2012 3:19 | 0 replies