President of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) Joseph Mathunjwa has warned about a fake Twitter account created in his name‚ which has been tweeting disrespectful opinions publicly.
In a disclaimer statement, Mathunjwa distanced himself from the tweets which have targeted many political personalities.
“It has come to my attention that a personal Twitter account has been opened falsely using my name as @josephmathunjwa. I personally do not have any personal social media accounts through Twitter nor Facebook and thus the current personal Twitter page is a false reflection and not of my internal views‚” he said in a statement.
“I have also noted that some of the opinions and/or retweets directly address certain political statures in a disrespectful manner and those who know me well will attest that I do not address anyone in such a manner.”
The AMCU has made necessary attempts to alert Twitter “of this defamation account and hope that they will come to our aid in closing it down accordingly“.
In a recent development, AMCU embarked on a strike on Friday at Sibanye mine‚ demanding for transport services to be provided by the company for the employees.
In a statement, Sibanye said a task team had been put to work with the union to research and and make final recommendations on the demand for transportation.
“Prior to the completion of the feasibility study by the task team‚ and following disagreement over the process which would be followed‚ AMCU issued Kroondal management with a strike notice.”
Sibanye Platinum Division CEO Jean Nel‚ commented on the strike saying: “It is disappointing that AMCU have embarked on unnecessary and potentially damaging strike action over an issue which Sibanye is committed to resolving‚ especially given the difficult economic conditions in the North West area. This conduct does not serve the interest of any stakeholder.”
Nel concluded that they are committed to putting heads together with AMCU to resolve the issue as soon as possible.