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Num leaders 'threatened'

The National Unions on Mineworkers says its shop stewards in the North West are being threatened.

The National Union of Mineworkers' General Secretary Frans Baleni, at a news conference in Johannesburg. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – The National Unions on Mineworkers (Num) on Wednesday said many shop stewards at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats)’ Rustenburg operation received threats that their homes would be burnt down.

According to the union, many of them are too afraid to live in their houses.

On Monday, four Num shop stewards were attacked by some 1,000 people at Amplats’ Siphumelele shaft.

Thirteen people were injured when mine security and police opened fire with rubber bullets.

Num General Secretary Frans Baleni said the union’s leadership in the North West is still being targeted.

He said a house belonging to a member was torched on Tuesday.

Baleni added they were not able to meet with members due to constant threats.

“We have not been given space to continue with our normal work.”

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