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2 arrested for pointing a gun at women

2012-10-05 16:53

Bloemfontein - Two Qwaqwa men were arrested after allegedly pointing a firearm at striking clothing workers, Free State police confirmed on Friday.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Mmako Mophiring said the two men would appear in a Phuthaditjhaba Magistrate’s Court on charges of pointing a firearm.

Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (Sactwu) spokesperson Christopher Soetsane said the incident happened on Thursday.

Most of the workers were women taking part in a legal strike, he said.

Soetsane said the incident was reported to police who responded quickly to the matter, which led to the arrest of the two men.

He said the strike by the clothing workers started on Thursday.

"Many of them earn as little as R200 per week, when the current legally prescribed wage was already as low as R534 per week."