Tebogo Msimanga |
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) is mourning the loss of three workers at ArcelorMittal who passed away, after a building collapsed on top of them at Vanderbilpark. This is after a building collapsed after an explosion on Wednesday morning.
NUMSA Sedibeng Regional Secretary Kabelo Ramokhathali said this is devastating news especially for the families of the victims of this terrible incident. “They have been waiting and anxiously hoping that their loved ones would be found alive. Unfortunately, that was not to be. We send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of those who have passed away.”
Ramokhathali said they are calling on the Department of Employment and Labour to embark on a detailed and thorough investigation into the cause of this incident. “We have a long painful history with ArcelorMittal and its brutal management which has demonstrated time and time again that Black Lives do not matter.”
He added that this is the same management which previously dismissed a NUMSA shop steward for exposing poor health and safety protocols in the company.