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Two dead, one injured in Kusasalethu union turf war

Harmony Gold said on Friday that operations at its Kusasalethu mine have not been affected by recent clashes between rival unions in which two miners were killed and a third injured, The New Age reports.
A dispute between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the smaller Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) resulted in deadly clashes Thursday. Union membership turf war has been at the root of much of the recent violence in the South African mining sector.

Earlier, mineworker Sithembile Nqulo told The New Age that Amcu members were on their way to their weekly meetings when a small group of NUM members called them and said they should join their union. "The next thing we just heard gunshots. They were fired by the NUM members," Nqulo said. He added the gunmen took refuge in a nearby office where they remained holed up until the police arrived.

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Posted on 23 Nov 2012 14:30