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'NUM under attack by another union'

It's alleged Num members returning to work in busses, were pelted with stones.

FILE: The NUM said workers were travelling in company supplied busses when other workers started pelting the vehicles with stones. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday said its members returning to their posts at the Medupi Power Station construction site came under attack by another union.

The NUM and National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (Numsa) have facilitated an agreement to end a lock out of more than 1,000 workers who took part in an unprotected one-day strike last month.

The NUM said workers were travelling in company supplied busses when other workers started pelting the vehicles with stones.

Acting spokesman Livhuwani Mammburu, "The busses that were taking workers to work were being stoned. The cars were also being stopped until law enforcement was forced to intervene because the situation was getting out of control. We are appealing to all who think their lives are more important than others to respect the rights of others."

But spokesperson for Numsa, Castro Ngobese, said his union has not received any report of violence involving their members.

"We have not received any report from our own structures that there have been workers that have been attacked for going back to work. But if there are members of Numsa that might be implicated in acts of violence or intimidation, we will follow the constitution."