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Cosatu members assaulted at Rustenburg rally

Two Cosatu members were assaulted in a rally by striking miners in Rustenburg.

Striking miners in Rustenburg. Picture:  Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

RUSTERNBURG - Two Cosatu members were assaulted by striking miners at the Olympia Stadium in Rustenburg on Saturday.

The trade union federation was hosting a rally to reclaim the Rustenburg area back from what it said were "forces of a counter revolution that have hijacked the strikes".

The workers held posters that read "rest in peace National Union of Mineworkers" and "remember those slain at Marikana".

The workers were referring to the Lonmin's Marikana mine tragedy, where 34 striking miners were shot dead by police in August.

One of the men from Cosatu, who was beaten up by the striking workers at Rustenburg, is the National Co-ordinator for CEPPWAWU, Billy Zulu.

Before Zulu was attacked, several Cosatu members fled from the stadium in taxis.

Others tried to secure a police escort to leave the area.

The striking miners are from Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and surrounding mines.

They said they are "ready to bury Num".

About 400 Cosatu members marched from a nearby taxi rank.

Police kept a close eye on the workers who had gathered at soccer field next to the stadium.

The march was organised by Cosatu to demand the reinstatement of the dismissed workers.