Petrol attendant vows to return to work

2013-09-25 13:12

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Johannesburg - A Durban petrol attendant who was attacked for allegedly not joining a strike says he refuses to be intimated, The Star reported on Wednesday.

"I have the right to work. They have a right to strike. I respect theirs but they don't respect mine," Jerome Mkhungu was quoted as saying.

He told the newspaper he was ambushed by the attackers as he attended to a customer on Monday.

"They didn't ask me anything, they just started hitting me with sticks, some grabbed me and others just kept hitting [me]," he said.

Mkhungu was still in hospital. He had suffered injuries to the hand, head, face, back and legs.

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has denied that its members were involved in the attack.

Service station owner Tony Ball said he had now given all his petrol attendants whistles to raise the alarm "if they see danger".

Petrol attendants and vehicle industry workers have been on strike for three weeks.

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