Today's Labour News

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newsSunday Tribune reports that a Durban woman was threatened with a lighter before her employer’s son allegedly doused her feet with petrol and set her alight.  

Zinhle Mchunu is nursing third-degree burns to her left leg after the attack, which had initially seemed playful.  The 31 year old, who worked as a cleaner at a car service and repair shop in Durban, now bears the scars of the incident at her workplace and is unable to walk unaided.  She spent a week in hospital.  Her 28-year-old assailant has been arrested on an attempted murder charge and was due to appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Monday.  Labour federation Cosatu led a protest outside the business premises in Dr Pixley Kaseme Street on Friday.  Before that action, a Cosatu delegation led by provincial secretary Edwin Mkhize and Human Settlements MEC Ravi Pillay visited Mchunu at her Newlands home.  Mchunu said the pain had been excruciating.  She stated that the suspect had helped her put out the flames and had apologised.  He also took her to a pharmacy to buy pain killers and a gel.  The suspect’s father said Mchunu’s injuries were accidental and that he was prepared to compensate her.

  • Read this report by Nkululeko Nene in full at Sunday Tribune
  • Read too, Woman set on fire at work by employer’s son, at SowetanLive

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