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THE National Union of Mineworkers accused Aurora Empowerment Systems bosses yesterday of "vanishing" with workers' wages.
The union said more than 2000 workers at the gold-mining company were struggling to make ends meet after their employer "vanished" with their wages for two months.
NUM spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said: "The workers, who could not be with their families during the Easter weekend, find themselves in dire straits since they have no food. The employer told them there was not enough money to pay them."
He expressed disappointment at President Jacob Zuma's nephew, Khulubuse Zuma, who is Aurora's chairman and Nelson Mandela's grandson, Zondwa Mandela, who is managing director.
"Those two guys are nowhere to be found ... they just disappeared into thin air."
NUM Aurora East Rand chairperson Frasy Namanyama, shared Seshoka's disappointment in Zuma and Mandela.
"They spent Easter with their families, possibly somewhere overseas, and we had to linger about with no food," Namanyama said.
Last month workers downed tools at the Grootvlei operation in Springs to protest against nonpayment of wages and job loss threats.
Aurora was not making any profit, hence the consequence of shedding jobs.
Seshoka called for caring South Africans to help the "destitute workers", who did not even have enough money to go back home, with food and other donations.
"We have people with diabetes and others who have gone without food for days."
Neither Zuma nor Mandela were available for comment.