Johannesburg - A trade unionist had a narrow escape after unknown assailants attacked and petrol-bombed her house in Zone 17 Sebokeng in the Vaal, south of Johannesburg, in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
This attack was one of several where houses belonging to NUM branch leadership in the Vaal, were petrol bombed and one house was completely burnt out at around 1am on Wednesday in a suspected union rivalry.
The rivalry between two unions, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Workers Union (Amcu), has escalated at the ceramic manufacturing company, Vaal Sanitaryware.
Workers affiliated to Amcu, the majority union at Vaal Sanitaryware, have been on strike for the past three months, while NUM members have continued going to work. Vaal Sanitaryware employs just over 400 workers, and around 150 of them belong to the NUM.
NUM's branch chairperson at Vaal Sanitary Tebogo Litelu said that the union's leadership had been targeted as seven houses were petrol bombed by unknown people in different parts of the township since the beginning of the strike.