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COSATU is deeply appalled by the senseless and brutal killing of six innocent workers at Burgersfort in Limpopo

03 April 2018

The Congress of South African Trade Unions is deeply appalled by the senseless murder of six workers, who perished when their work bus was petrol bombed in Limpopo last night at 10 pm by some criminal elements. This heinous accident left several workers injured. We send our heartfelt condolences to the families and friend of the deceased workers and wish the injured workers a speedy recovery.

We call on the law enforcement agencies to swiftly pursue and arrest the perpetrators of this barbaric and heinous crime. It is horrifying that workers can lose their lives on their way to earn a living under these sickening circumstances

The failure by government to stem the tide of killings in the mining sector is deeply disturbing. Hundreds of workers have lost their lives from the raging violence in the mining sector and unfortunately the culprits are not being apprehended. This failure by the law enforcement agencies to do their work has the potential to further inflame the situation and break the existing social order because when the laws of the country are not being honestly enforced, anarchy prevails.

South Africa is fast becoming a lawless country and the centre is fast becoming loose. COSATU demands that the Minister of Police, the Minister of Labour and the Minister of Mineral Resources should act decisively to ensure that the mining sector does not deteriorate further and become a lawless jungle. The burning of workers alive is beyond anarchic, it is tantamount to a declaration of war against the workers by the criminal elements. These workers and their families deserve justice.

Issued by COSATU

Sizwe Pamla (Cosatu National Spokesperson)

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