Press Statement , 30 July 2022
NUM national women structure calls upon justice for the Krugersdorp 8 rape victims: a right and our joint responsibility
The National Women Structure (NUM) is committed to ensuring a safe and harassment-free working environment and a culture of mutual respect across all sectors. The perpetrators of the barbaric rape in Krugersdorp have not only violated the human rights of these 8 women, but their safety in their world of work as the space they were working at is their workspace at that moment. Artists are deemed vulnerable sector based on the type of their type of work, and as the trade union it is our right and our joint responsibility with other formations to uphold and adhere to ILO C190 that "commits to the right of everyone to a world of work free from violence and harassment, including gender-based violence and harassment".
As Women of NUM, this is what resonates with our protection of human rights and their dignity.
We appreciate and acknowledge the swift arrest of these monsters that have been terrorizing the community of Krugersdorp. We further call upon every South African to stand together in ensuring that these criminals (illegal miners) are not exonerated to their country (Lesotho) for justice to be served. They should be handed over with a heavy sentence in SA prison to send a clear message to all perpetrators that regardless of their nationality harassment towards women & children and the vulnerable is to be a thing of the past.
Recognizing that violence and harassment in the world of work can constitute a human rights violation or abuse and that violence and harassment are a threat to equal opportunities, is unacceptable and incompatible with decent work. We, therefore, call upon all employers to recall that they have an important responsibility to promote a general environment of 0% tolerance and actively prevent sexual harassment and misconduct towards their employees, to recognise the right of everyone to a world of work free from violence and harassment, including gender-based violence
Acknowledging that violence and harassment in the world of work affect a person’s psychological, physical and sexual health, dignity, and family and social environment, and recognizing that violence and harassment also affect the quality of public and private services, and may prevent persons, particularly women, from accessing, and remaining and advancing in the labour market.
For more detailed information, please contact:
Mathapelo Khanye, NUM Women Structure National Secretary, 082 561 2010
The National Union of Mineworkers
7 Rissik Street.
Cnr Frederick Johannesburg
Tel: 011 377 2111 Cell: 083 809 3257
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