NUM condemns burning of member’s car

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Johannesburg - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Tuesday condemned the burning of a member's car in Sefikile village, North West in the early hours of the morning.

“He is one of the NUM members who rejoined the (union) in 2013,” branch chairman Steve Modimokwane said in a statement.

“He has been receiving threatening calls since he rejoined the NUM. Last night the people who burnt his car warned him that they are coming back to burn his house, but he could not see them because it was too dark.”

Modimokwane said the car was burnt around 12.15am on Tuesday.

The NUM was worried about the escalation of “systematic” attacks on its members.

“Last month on May 27, two houses belonging to our members were petrol bombed in the same area.”

He said the union's national executive committee (NEC) had condemned the continuous intimidation and killings of non-striking mineworkers.

The NEC called for its members to exercise their right to go to work and to defend themselves against any form of violence and intimidation, he said.

Police could not confirm the matter.

Platinum miners affiliated to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union in the North West have been on strike since January 23 in the hopes of having their salaries increased to R12,500.

Work at the mines has come to a standstill. - Sapa


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