Eight AMCU members in court for murder

SABC News reports that the murder and attempted murder trial of eight Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) leaders will be heard in the Pretoria High Court in on Monday. The men face charges of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and the possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. They accused are alleged to have shot and wounded the union’s newly elected chairperson, Malibongwe Mdazo, at a Marikana branch in 2017.

Mdazo was accosted while leaving a soccer stadium in Mooinooi, near Rustenburg and was shot multiple times. Later in the day, Mveliso Biyela, who had been walking home with his wife and son in Wonderkop near Marikana, was also shot multiple times and died on the scene. The State alleges that the same weapon used to kill Biyela was used to shoot Mdazo. The accused were allegedly frustrated because concerns that they wanted to raise with the union were not being entertained to their satisfaction.

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Greenpeace Africa sets up ‘hospital’ protest scene at Eskom head office

Engineering News reports that anti-pollution activists from Greenpeace Africa on Tuesday blocked the entrance to State-owned power utility Eskom’s Megawatt Park head office, in Johannesburg. The environmental organisation confirmed in a statement that the activists used a makeshift emergency hospital scene to highlight the “premature deaths and disease caused by pollution out of the utility’s […]

Legal aid staff strike over reduced benefits

EWN writes that Legal Aid South Africa staff have gone on strike over reduced employee benefits due to budget cuts. The group raised their concerns with the Department of Justice in May this year, however, they claimed that management ignored their pleas for help. Monday’s strike comes after employees were granted permission to strike. Legal […]