Platinum strike: NUM member's car set alight

NUM says the man was targeted for leaving Amcu to rejoin the NUM.

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JOHANNESBURG - As non-striking miners prepare to approach the Constitutional Court for protection on the volatile platinum belt, it's emerged another worker was attacked in the North West.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said a group torched a car belonging to one of its members this morning and warned him they'll return.

The union said he was targeted for leaving the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and rejoining the NUM.

About 70,000 Amcu members have been on strike at three major platinum mines since January.

Last month, the houses of two other NUM members were petrol bombed.

The union's Livhuwani Mammburu said the violence and intimidation must stop.

"Our members are scared and they can't go to work because of the intimidation and murders happening."

Video: Police crack down on violence.


Mineral Resources Minister N gaoko Ramatlhodi meanwhile said his withdrawal from talks to end the platinum strike does not mean he has failed - and he believes he has brought about the biggest possibility of a settlement being reached.

Ramatlhodi wrapped up his ministerial mediation yesterday and said Amplats, Implats and Lonmin were able to reach an agreement on most of the key issues.

He added the parties have still not reached a compromise over the number of years the R12,500 basic salary would be reached and there are still outstanding issues around living out allowances.

"I didn't fail, the parties failed but they left the meeting saying they will explore and build on what we've discussed."