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South Africa: Workers rally over killing outside mine

SOUTH Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers called an emergency rally yesterday over the murder of one of its members under the noses of mine security guards.

NUM deputy president Joseph Montisetse addressed the mass meeting at the Cooke 3 hostel west of Johannesburg.

It followed last week’s beating of two NUM members at the Sibanye Gold operation’s gates by a mob led by suspected members of breakaway union Amcu.

Security guards and managers did not intervene or call the police and one victim, Ranthimo Nkosi, died in hospital from his injuries.

Mr Montisetse insisted his members “will never fight other workers,” but he said: “We have no time for sellouts and lapdogs of the mining bosses who are used to attack, kill and assault other black mineworkers.”

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