The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has blamed a spike in mining accidents that have resulted in dozens of deaths, on failures perpetuated by former mineral resources minister Mosebenzi Zwane.The union’s general secretary, David Sipunzi, said on Thursday that Zwane’s lack of leadership had driven experienced inspectors out of the department, exposing employees to unsafe working conditions.He was presenting the organisation’s secretariat report at the NUM’s national congress in Boksburg.He said: "During the years from 2016 to 2018, the mining industry saw the worst kind of leadership by the then minister Zwane."Zwane was appointed to the portfolio during former president Jacob Zuma’s shock reshuffle in September 2015, succeeding Ngoako Ramatlhodi. He caused chaos in the industry by unilaterally implementing a reviewed mining charter that was later withdrawn.The report by Sipunzi shows that there were 86 fatal accidents reported in the mining industry in 2017. Data suggested that ...

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