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NUM supporter stabbed at Marikana rally

A rally by the NUM has ended with a supporter being stabbed and rushed to hospital.

A rally by the NUM has ended with a supporter being stabbed and rushed to hospital. Picture: Supplied

RUSTENBURG - A rally by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) at the Wonderkop Stadium in the North West town of Marikana ended on Sunday with the stabbing of a supporter.

The union held a rally at the stadium, about two kilometres away from where 34 miners were shot and killed during an unprotected strike in August last year.

Close to a 1,000 people gathered at the stadium as part of its recruitment drive at the Lonmin Platinum Mine following its de-recognition earlier this week.

They were addressed by the Tripartite Alliance, who vowed to defend the NUM.

The union's Mxhasi Sithethi explained what happened.

"They found him lying down with his body covered in blood. Fortunately he was still alive and taken to hospital. It seems he was attacked. He has a big wound on his head."

The Tripartite Alliance consists of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), the African National Congress (ANC )and the South African Communist Party (SACP).