Tebogo Msimanga |
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) condemns the owner of SA Steel Mills, Rafik Mohamed for his inhumane and cold-hearted reaction in the face of the death of a worker at the company.
NUMSA General Secretary Irvin Jim said on Thursday, 13 July 2023,at around 9 am, a worker at SA Steel Mills was unfortunately crushed by one of the pressing machines. The workers’ name is Seamogelo Mkhondwane and he was only 26 years old.
“In the immediate aftermath of Seamogelo’s death, Rafik demanded that workers must resume their duties and go back to work”.
Jim said their members refused to resume their duties because they were traumatized. “Some of them knew Seamogelo and were understandably mourning his untimely death at the workplace and they withdrew their labour out of respect for him”. Jim added that this is not the first time that injuries have taken place at SA Steel Mills and this is why their members were justified in refusing to continue working.
Jim said they demand that SA Steel mills must stop employing undocumented foreign nationals, which is a flagrant violation of the labour laws. “Out of 1000 workers, only 200 are South African. These workers are grossly exploited. and some of them are victims of horrific accidents while on the job”.