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numBusiness Report writes that allegations emerged on Monday that National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) branch leaders were holding non-striking members at Gold Fields’ South Deep mine to ransom.  

This came as intimidation intensified with the attack on the union’s regional leader during a mass meeting on Monday.  Ndlela Radebe, chairperson of the NUM’s PWV (Gauteng) region, is in hospital after he was stabbed at the Green Hills Stadium in Randfontein as he heard the concerns of 800 non-striking members.  An informed source said that non-striking members were taking strain from the five-week-long strike aimed at opposing retrenchments.  The source commented:  “The problem lies with the branch leaders.  They want to strike indefinitely until the mine is shut down.  We have more than 3,500 workers who want to go back to work.  It is totally irresponsible for the branch to want an indefinite strike.”  On Sunday, Radebe sent a letter urging the branch to end the strike.  He wrote:  “For more than three weeks to date, the region has been receiving countless calls from concerned union members that the strike is counter-productive and that it impacts them negatively and is threatening their jobs in the company.  We believe they (the concerns) are legitimate, hence we are intervening and have decided to inform your branch leaders to bring the strike to an end and consider the proposed offer on the table…”  Branch leaders have rejected the company’s sweetened offer, which included an increase in the severance package.  

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