Johannesburg - The National Union of Mineworkers (Num)
condemned on Sunday the attack on its Anglo Platinum [JSE:AMS] (Amplats)
Khomanani branch chair.
"The Num condemns the attack and the continuous threats
and intimidation on its members around the platinum belt," said
spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka in a statement.
"The union calls on the police to investigate the
existence of what is reported to be a hit squad in the area targeting mainly
the Num shop stewards and branch leaders."
The chairperson was critically injured after his home was
petrol-bombed in Rustenburg on Friday evening, the union said.
Police officials earlier on Sunday could not immediately
confirm the incident.
Workers at Amplats' Rustenburg operations went on a wildcat
strike two weeks ago, demanding a R16 000 salary before deductions.
The company began disciplinary procedures against workers
still on strike on Thursday.
Amplats is among a number of mining companies in that region
trying to navigate dissent over salaries, and the apparent rejection by workers
of established union and industrial relations procedures relating to
Forty-five people died in violence associated with an
unprotected strike at nearby Lonmin [JSE:LON] over the six weeks it took for
that strike to end.
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