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posted by James Tweedie in World

SOUTH AFRICA’S National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has condemned the latest attack on its members by “hooligans camouflaged as striking unionists.”

The union said yesterday that the homes of three of its members in Sebokeng, south of Johannesburg, were petrol bombed on Tuesday night, with one of them completely burnt out.

The homes belonged to leaders of the NUM branch at Vaal Sanitary in Sedibeng, a factory building site where the NUM organises.

The union said the burnt-out house was the home of the branch’s women’s structure deputy secretary — and her attempted murder coincided with South African woman’s month.

Suspicions fell on the breakaway Association of Mining and Contruction Union (Amcu).

NUM branch chair Tebogo Litelu explained: “The threats or intimidation started when our members took a decision to go back to work after they realised a wage strike led by Amcu three months ago has not achieved anything. Four other NUM members’ homes have been firebombed since the start of the strike.

“We are calling on law enforcement agencies to arrest these thugs that are intimidating our members,” said Mr Litelu.

NUM spokesman Livhuwani Mammburu said: “It is very sad that these hooligans are fighting fellow workers instead of fighting their class enemy.”

An NUM branch official was shot dead last Thursday in Marikana in North West province — site of the 2012 massacre where police shot Amcu strikers, who had themselves waged a week-long campaign of murder and intimidation to enforce an unofficial strike.

The man had recently received death threats after returning to the NUM from Amcu earlier this year.