Durban - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has lashed out at President Cyril Ramaphosa, ANC, Cosatu and Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe for snubbing its two-day special national conference taking place in Durban.
The union’s more than 670 delegates from around the country are meeting at the Durban ICC starting from Wednesday to amend its constitution.
KwaZulu-Natal Finance MEC Ravi Pillay was the only one not a member of NUM who addressed the delegates and international guests in his capacity as the acting premier.
Mantashe was invited in his capacity as the minister of mineral resources. The union's general secretary David Sipunzi said Ramaphosa had tendered his apology because of other engagements.
“Unfortunately he (Ramaphosa) has not sent a delegate to address us. We found out late on Tuesday that the SACP is unable to send a person to come and address this congress,” said Sipunzi.