Feb 9, 2023

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Numsa shop steward gunned down in Rustenburg

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said Sunday it was shocked by the murder of one of its trustees at the Impala Platinum Mine in Rustenburg.

Mahlomola Hlothoane is reportedly the second trustee in Implats to be killed in a year.

“He was murdered at his home in Rustenburg by two unidentified gunmen on Friday night. We are deeply shocked and saddened as a union that we have lost a leader dedicated to the workers’ struggle. We send our deepest condolences to his family who have lost a breadwinner and father,” Numsa said in a statement.

“This is the second Numsa officer killed for being a worker at Implats organized. Last year we buried comrade Malibongwe Mdazo who was similarly murdered. His killers have not been found,” the union added.

They called on the police to take action.

“We demand that the police urgently find those responsible and arrest this heinous Crime. It is unacceptable for people to die simply because they exercised their constitutional right to join a union of their choice,” the union said, implying that the killing was linked to his union membership.

“We demand justice for these murders and demand that the police ensure the community of Rustenburg, particularly in the immediate area of ​​Implats, is safe for all who live there.”

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