Numsa strike stuns Pinetown

2014-07-03 00:00

BUSINESSES in Pinetown are counting the costs of violent strike action by National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) members af-ter they rampaged through the town.

Cars and businesses were damaged yesterday morning, allegedly by a group of 300 striking workers who roamed through the industrial district of Westmead.

According to a police source, who could not be named as he is not authorised to speak to the media, a group of Numsa workers rampaged along Goodwood Road, stoning cars and buildings.

He said that workers not involved in the strike were forced to flee, fearing for their lives.

“The police were called in because those involved in the march became violent and started destroying property and vehicles that were along the road,” he said.

He added that many businesses were forced to close, a condition imposed by workers who otherwise refused to disperse.

On Tuesday there were reports of violence and intimidation, which were rubbished by the union.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed that officers had been called when protest action turned ugly.

“A case of public violence will be opened for investigation at Pinetown SAPS. Three business premises as well as vehicles were damaged during the protest. No arrests were made,” he said.

Repeated attempts to get comment from Numsa spokesperson proved unsuccessful.

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