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NUM member attacked and set alight is still alive

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National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) would like to correct false and
dangerous rumours that a mineworker who was attacked and set alight
yesterday in Limpopo has died

NUM can confirm that he is alive. NUM Branch Chairperson at Union
Mine Steve Modikwane confirmed that he is alive and he works for
Grinaker at Union Mine in Limpopo.

"He is our member and he was discharged from hospital this morning at
around 10:30 am. I was with him this morning. It is not true that he
is dead. He sustained serious burned wounds on his left hand and some
wounds were caused by the panga when they attacked him yesterday,"

NUM has many times called on the government, the police and the mine
bosses to be on high alert to protect workers and our members in
particular who are not on strike and want to work.

There is no safety for our members who are going to work in the
platinum belt. Havoc is raining free in the platinum belt and
violence is a case in point. Our members are intimidated and severely
assaulted. it is totally unacceptable.

NUM believes that workers can lead an effective disciplined industrial action.

We again appeal to the police and mine security to be on high alert
and protect workers and our members who are reporting to work. We
expect all mining companies affected by the strike to take serious
action to protect workers and to discipline the culprits. Cases of
intimidation and assaults must be recorded.

NUM remains the champion in the fight for better conditions of
employment and wages for workers.

For more information, Please contact:

Livhuwani Mammburu: 083 809 3257 (Acting NUM National Spokesperson)

Steve Modikwane: 082 511 0193 (NUM Branch Chairperson at Union Mine)

National Union of Mineworkers
7 Rissik Street
Corner Frederick
Tel: 011 377 2111
Cell: 083 809 3257
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