Steelworkers strike turns violent in Isipingo

Steelworkers strike turns violent in Isipingo

A woman has been assaulted, allegedly by striking steel sector workers who were protesting in Isipingo, south of Durban, on Wednesday.

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Emergency services say she was hit with a piece of wood on Rana Road.

Dhevan Govindasamy of PT Alarms says some of the demonstrators became violent.

"A few were assaulted with planks and knobkerries. A lady sustained a few injuries to her arm. She was on her way to work."

Some of the workers who've been striking since last week are affiliated to the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa.

Spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola says they reject and condemn any criminality.

"We warn our members and we continue to warn our members and all workers who participated in the strike. I think it must be remembered that it is not only Numsa members who are involved in this strike.

"This is a national strike. It is a protected strike and those who participate in the strike must adhere to the picketing rules and not behave in an unlawful manner."


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