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cosatuANA reports that labour federation Cosatu on Monday condemned the attack on Allen Thompson, KwaZulu-Natal-based deputy president of the National Teachers’ Union (Natu), who survived an attack by a group of armed men.  

The federation said it was worried that law enforcement authorities were failing to deal with the continuing political bloodshed in KwaZulu-Natal.  ”The level of violence and killings in the province of KwaZulu-Natal has reached crisis level.  Law enforcement agencies need to do more to stop these killings.  There is a lot of work that still needs to be done to exorcise our entire country and KwaZulu-Natal in particular, of the culture of resolving disputes with violence and assassinations,” Cosatu said in a statement.  The organisation added:  “We send our message of support to Mr Thomson, his family and his organisation, Natu.  We call on law enforcement agencies to work around the clock to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators.”  The attack on Thompson took place on Friday in uMhlanga while he was en route from Natu’s Empangeni head office to Durban.  The union said the attack was an assassination attempt.

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