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strike thumb medium85 85Fin24 reports that blame for instances of violence and intimidation swung back and forth between Gold Fields and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) after the first weekend of industrial action at the company’s South Deep mine.  

NUM branch leaders claimed their strike did not bring any threats of violence, but that violence came from security personnel that employers assigned to the operation.  While NUM claimed that two workers were hospitalised after being run over with a motor vehicle and shot at with rubber bullets, Gold Fields denied knowledge of this, adding that all violence was perpetrated by striking workers and the company had acted in self-defence.  NUM branch secretary Thulani Mashibini said the strike, which started on Friday afternoon, got off to a great start, but that striking members were being visited with violence by private security service providers acting on the mine’s orders.  “The workers are behaving very well," he said.  However, Gold Fields spokesperson Sven Lunsche said that if anyone was perpetrating violence, it was the striking NUM members.  He insisted that where private security acted, it was out of self-defence.

  • Read the full original of this report by Khulekani Magubane at Fin24


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