PRESS STATEMENT

Tuesday 02 May 2017

Thousands of Association of Mineworkers and Constructions Union (AMCU) members, along with guests from numerous media houses attended yet another successful annual May Day event; this year held at Welkom’s Griffons Rugby Stadium on Workers Day, 1 May 2017.

In his address on the need for radical economic transformation, President Mathunjwa reiterated the fundamental need for a wage-led economy and a living wage of R12 500; a wage which we strongly believe should also be a base salary for the working class instead of the current figure set in the discourse of a minimum wage introduced by Deputy President Ramaphosa.

Unfortunately one of the media houses in attendance (SABC NEWS) made an error and misquoted President Joseph Mathunjwa in an article titled “ANC has been the marshal of oppression of black people: Amcu” published Monday 1 May 2017 at 18:22 stating that; “Mathunjwa says mines should be owned by miners, and that the minimum monthly wage should be R5 000.”

http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/9a5af90040fb595aa840f93e43042439/ANC-has-been-the-marshal-of-oppression-of-black-people:-Amcu-20170501

We acknowledge the mistake and hereby use this statement to clarify that AMCU still stands by its fight for a R12 500 living wage. Shying away from advocating for a living wage would not only be a betrayal to the working class but more importantly insult the lives of the 34 mineworkers that lost their lives fighting for a future for their children.

We have contacted the public broadcaster and raised this matter and trust that the misinformation will be rectified and that the true position of AMCU will be stated.