Petrol attendant killed in attack

Workers in the petrol and motor industry have been on strike throughout the week.

Workers in the petrol and motor industry have been on strike throughout the week.

CAPE TOWN - Groote Schuur Hospital on Saturday confirmed the death of a petrol attendant who was admitted there earlier in the week.

The victim was taken to hospital on Tuesday after being attacked, allegedly by striking workers.

It's understood the petrol attendant was assaulted by several men at a petrol station in Grassy Park where he was working.

Groote Schuur's Alaric Jacobs says the victim had been in hospital for most of the week.

"I can confirm that we had a petrol attendant come into Groote Schuur Hospital on Tuesday. Yesterday morning, at about quarter past ten, that petrol attendant passed away."

Thousands of National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) members across the country downed tools this week as part of the strike in the petrol and motor industry.

Strikers are demanding a 12 percent wage increase and an offer of 7.5 percent has been turned down.

More than 50 striking workers were arrested in Kempton Park on Thursday for inciting public violence.

Police said demonstrators threw stones at them, damaging a police vehicle in the process