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Vavi rushes off "to prevent another Marikana"
17:08 (GMT+2) Wed, 19 Sep 2012

Johannesburg - Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has rushed out of the Cosatu congress to intervene in a wildcat strike at a Carletonville gold mine to try and prevent “another Marikana”.

Vavi announced this afternoon that he would leave with National Union of Mineworkers president Senzeni Zokwana to go to Gold Fields' Driefontein mine near Carletonville where management has obtained an interdict to fire 15 000 workers by tomorrow.

The workers have been on a wildcat strike for 10 days now for, among others, better wages.

Vavi told reporters that they can't allow another Marikana situation to move from Impala platinum to gold. Vavi, who has avoided intervening in recent mine conflicts personally, said workers have been in touch with Cosatu earlier in the day, asking for intervention.

His intervention followed the 22% wage rise agreed between Lonmin management and Marikana miners yesterday, without the Cosatu-affiliated NUM.

City Press

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