Numsa condemns strike violence

A Somali petrol attendant was killed after allegedly being attacked by striking workers last week.

Striking NUMSA members march on Monday 9 September, they are seeking a double digit increase in wages. Picture:Vumani Mkhize/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) has condemned violence marring its strike in the fuel and motor sectors following the death of a petrol attendant.

A Somali filling station attendant died at the weekend after he was allegedly attacked by striking workers last week.

The 55-year-old victim was allegedly attacked at a Grassy Park petrol station while he and a colleague were working on Tuesday.

He died at the Groote Schuur Hospital on Friday.

The industrial action started in Monday.

Numsa's Vuyo Lufele says the union is shocked by the attack.

"We never want such things. We embarked on a legal strike where all rules were accepted by both parties."

Thousands of Numsa workers have down tools, demanding higher wages.

The union has since rejected an offer of a 7.5 pecent pay hike by employers, demanding a double digit increase.