Numsa strike: 13 held for vandalism

North West police said the suspects attacked the Rustenburg Engineering Centre.

FILE: The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) members during a strike in Johannesburg. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Thirteen striking National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) members have been arrested for vandalism, North West police confirmed on Wednesday.

Authorities say the suspects were part of a group of striking workers who attacked the Rustenburg Engineering Centre on Tuesday.

North West police spokesperson Sabata Mokgwabone said the group faced charges of malicious damage to property and would appear in court soon.

"They allegedly smashed the windows of the building."

The latest arrests bring the number of people detained to 111 since Numsa, South Africa's largest union, went on strike on 1 July.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega's office said it wanted to meet with union bosses to discuss how to hold the Numsa accountable for violence.

There have been widespread reports of violence, intimidation, vandalism and damage to property since the strike began.

Phiyega's spokesperson Solomon Makgale said they will discuss the issue of financial liability for losses incurred by companies.

Video: Numsa strike marred by violence.