SOUTH AFRICAN communists slammed plans to lay off more than 2,000 mine workers yesterday.
Impala Platinum told the government last week that it plans to cut 2,126 jobs at its Rustenburg mine. That was after claiming a loss in the 2017 financial year, despite a worldwide deficit in platinum production.
The cuts come on top of almost 20,000 mining redundancies announced this year.
Communist Party BG Molewa district — representing the Bojanala platinum belt area in North West province — said workers were being “dumped into the unemployment scrap” to maximise profit.
Union federation Cosatu has called a one-day general strike for Wednesday against job losses and corruption, including at the highest levels of government.
General secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali made clear that meant corruption-tainted President Jacob Zuma was the target, telling the City Press newspaper: “We will be saying Zuma must go.”