Black First Land First (BLF) condemns Anglo American Platinum’s dismissal of 50% of the underground workforce at Mototolo mine.
BLF views the firing of the workers employed at the Anglo American mine as a direct attack by white monopoly capital on the landless.
Ramaphosa’s election has energised white capital and insulated them to the extent that they feel confident to hire and fire as they please. This new found confidence is precisely because they know it was Ramaphosa who sided with Lonmin and called for ‘concomitant action’ on that fatal day when mine workers were slaughtered in Marikana to protect white capital.
The likes of the Oppenheimers and white capital at large know that they can operate with impunity and have moved swiftly to fire the Mototolo based workers.
BLF demands that the Minister of Mineral Resources, Gwede Mantashe moves with speed to nationalise the mines, giving ownership to the workers in order to protect the landless from the abuse of white capital.
BLF further calls for unity of the workers in rejection of this outrageous attack by Anglo American.
Finally, BLF warns Anglo American Platinum, reinstate the workers, pay a living wage or face a mobilisation of the workers towards a shutdown!
Issued by Black First Land First, National Coordinating Committee (BLF NCC)
20 May 2019
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