Miners' homes petrol bombed

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Rustenburg - Two houses belonging to miners were petrol bombed in Sefikile, North West, the National Union of Mineworkers said on Wednesday.

“We are extremely worried because our members are being attacked and their houses petrol bombed. The police are not doing anything to protect our members who are going to work,” said Steve Modimokwane, NUM branch chairman at the Union mine of Anglo American Platinum (Amplats).

He said the houses belongingd to NUM members were petrol bombed on Tuesday night.

“We do not know whose house will be petrol bombed tonight.”

Modimokwane said another union member was attacked on Tuesday morning and managed to escape with minor injuries.

NUM's national executive committee has called on all its members to exercise their right to go to work and most importantly to exercise their right to defend themselves against any form of violence or intimidation.

“The NEC calls on them to defend their families, their lives and property.”

Members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) have been on strike at Amplats, Lonmin and Impala since January.

They downed tools on January 23 demanding a basic monthly salary of R12 500.

The union rejected the companies' offer that would bring their cash remuneration to R12 500 by July 2017.

The strike has cost companies R20 billion in revenue and employees have lost earnings of almost R9 billion.

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