Two non-striking miners attacked

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Johannesburg - A non-striking mineworker was attacked at his home and another had his car set alight in villages near Rustenburg, North West police said on Wednesday.

A 38-year-old man was attacked at his home in Mfidikwe on Tuesday night, Colonel Emelda Setlhako said.

The man, a non-striking employee and former Amcu member, worked at Anglo American Platinum's (Amplats) Thembelani shaft in Bleskop.

The man woke up when he heard someone throwing stones at his shack.

“Upon investigation, the victim noticed that his curtains were alight. Three gun shots were allegedly fired at his shack,” said Setlhako.

He screamed for help and neighbours came to his rescue.

In a separate incident, a 38-year-old man's car was set alight in Thekwane in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The man, also an Amplats employee, worked at the company's Siphumele mine.

“The victim was asleep at his place when he realised that his vehicle was on fire. Neighbours managed to extinguish the fire but the vehicle had already been damaged,” said Setlhako.

No arrests had been made in either incident and police were investigating cases of attempted murder, arson, and malicious damage to property.

Setlhako said striking and non-striking workers were urged to respect the rule of law.

Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members at Lonmin, Amplats, and Impala Platinum downed tools on January 23 to push for a basic monthly salary of R12,500.

They had so far rejected a wage increase of up to nine percent.

The companies, in turn, rejected Amcu's revised demand that the R12,500 could be achieved over four years.

Last week, mining bosses said the strike had caused irreparable harm, and had caused an estimated R10 billion in revenue to be lost. - Sapa



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