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South Africa: NUM demands answers after thugs attack officials at mine

SOUTH AFRICA’S National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has demanded answers from Sibanye Gold managers after two branch officials were brutally attacked at the mine.

The NUM confirmed that two of its branch leaders had been hospitalised, allegedly by split union Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members who blocked the main gates at the firm’s Cooke site in Westonaria and cajoled workers not to go to work.

NUM regional secretary Mpho Phakedi said his members were also attacked at their hostel the night before.

“Sibanye Gold did nothing to send the security to protect them,” he said of yesterday morning’s incident.

He said the union had reliable information the culprits were Amcu members from the Cooke 4 mine and a “rented crowd of unemployed people.”

On Monday the NUM won an inflation-busting two-year wage deal of between 7.5 and 10 per cent for lower grades at Impala Platinum, a scene of violence in 2012.

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