The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) strongly condemns the current looting, violence, and lawlessness that is currently unfolding in the country especially in the two volatile provinces of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. 

In the aftermath of this situation many workers will lose their jobs . Many families will be left with no means of earning a living as many shops and trucks are completely burnt and destroyed. 

The looting of these businesses is the destruction of the working class families’ source of earning and sustainability . 
 As the NUM we support the constitution and the rule of law . We call on the ANC government to convene an urgent alliance meeting as one of the urgent interventions to consolidate political efforts to attend to the upheavals. 

This cannot be left to the government alone without invoking the wisdom of political structures outside government . We call on other provinces to take serious contingency measures to prevent any potentiality of the same anarchy . While we support effective law enforcement we should avoid unnecessary deaths resulting due to such interventions . The NUM calls on all South Africans to “SAY NO TO LOOTING”.

 For further information and details contact : 
 William Mabapa, NUM Acting General Secretary, 082 880 4439 Livhuwani Mammburu, NUM National Spokesperson, 083 809 3257 Luphert Chilwane, NUM Media Officer, 083 809 3255