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numANA reports that eight National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members were due to appear in court on Wednesday after they were arrested outside Optimum Coal Mine in Mpumalanga.  

Recounting the events that led to the arrests on Tuesday, NUM Highveld regional chairperson Nelson Ratshoshi said union members had “peacefully raising their frustration” about salaries and bonuses that have not been paid by the Optimum Coal Mine management.  He went on to state:  “The NUM strongly condemns the action and attitudes of the Hendrina police who had randomly fired rubber bullets and physically assaulted our members who were protesting peacefully outside Optimum Coal Mine in Mpumalanga yesterday afternoon…  The NUM is extremely disappointed at the action of the Hendrina police.  We call on the police to stop assaulting and shooting our members for protesting peacefully.”  Ratshoshi said union members would not be intimidated by the police.   NUM spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu said the union was “deeply concerned.

  • Read this report in full at The Citizen
  • Read too, Gupta coal mine turns into war zone over unpaid salaries, at The Citizen

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