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Since the Marikana massacre it has become clear that ANC allied National Union of Mineworkers has been fast losing ground to AMCU. Government and alliance responses have been reckless, treating the displacement of NUM as quasi-criminal activity, notoriously describing AMCU as a vigilante union. This is no way to seek peace in the industry
The article by Greg Marinovich describes the continued violence in the Rustenburg platinum belt, particularly in Marikana. What is significant also is how the ANC and government do not distinguish their partisan political interests in relating to AMCU, who are in ‘ANC territory’ and attempting to reverse the gains of the revolution, as the Minister-of Mines says more or less. This is not only a failure to distinguish what belongs to whom -party and state, but it may well exacerbate an already volatile situation. That a peacekeeping force is being sent in, is claimed to be requested by all sides, but if government has such a partisan attitude can one be sure that the peacekeepers will simply keep the peace?