Attacked ‘NUM’ man at Nkaneng dies

imagesA man who was beaten up at the Nkaneng informal settlement while on his way to attend an NUM recruitment rally at the Wonderkop stadium has died in hospital, the union said on Monday.

“He died last night (Sunday) in hospital after suffering serious injuries as a result of the attack earlier during the day,” said National Union of Mineworkers’ spokesman Lesiba Seshoka.

The man, whose name was being withheld until his next-of-kin were informed, was stabbed in the neck while wearing an NUM T-shirt.

“We are shocked and disappointed that such acts happen under police watch, and that no progress has been made by the police to curb these killings at Lonmin,” said Seshoka

Police were not immediately available to comment.

The NUM is trying to recruit new members after losing its majority union status to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union at Lonmin’s Marikana mine.

The union has referred a dispute to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration about the interpretation and implementation of the recognition agreement.

Forty-four people were killed in Marikana last August during strike-related violence at Lonmin. Thirty-four of them were shot dead by the police on August 16. Ten people, including two policemen and two security guards, were killed in the preceding week. – Sapa

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