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gavel thumb100 ANA reports that the bail hearing on Friday in the Brits Magistrates’ Court of a National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) member accused of attempted murder was postponed to 31 October for arguments and judgment.  

The state alleges that the 37-year-old man attempted to kill Malibongwe Mdazo, a branch leader of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), by shooting him five times on 22 July, in an apparent fight for turf between the two rival unions.  Investigating officer Sergeant Aaron Khunou said the man was a leader of the NUM and his life would be at risk should he be granted bail as there could be a revenge attack on him.  Furthermore he could be a danger to the society taking in consideration the rivalry between Amcu and the NUM.  The accused was arrested on 19 October at his home in Mooinooi.  He informed the court he was an ordinary member of the NUM and not a leader of the union in any capacity.  Amcu members filled the courtroom while others protested outside.

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