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Samwu unaware of assault

Samwu says it is unaware of an incident where a non-striking Metrobus driver was assaulted.

Members of South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) protesting outside Metro Bus depot in Braamfontein, Johannesburg on 9 July 2013. Picture: Leeto Khoza/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - As the Metrobus strike enters its third day the South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu)'s Dion Makhura said he was unaware of the incident where a non-striking driver was assaulted allegedly by strikers.

The municipal union embarked on an indefinite strike demanding the company's acting managing director Lawrence Maqekoane be suspended or step down.

Drivers affiliated to Samwu said the company was riddled with corruption since Maqekoane took office in 2012.

Makhura said that protests negotiations will resume.

"The board of directors are going to sit with the people of the city today after which they will call us and give us a response."

Meanwhile, Samwu's Phanuel Tshikovha said on Tuesday they are also opposed to the bus operator's implementation of behavioural assessment when employing new staff.

"We are saying the behavioural assessment is illegal. It must be stopped."

Scores of Johannesburg commuters were inconvenienced by Monday's interruption.