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Union Asks Members at Impala to Defend Themselves After Violence

The National Union of Mineworkers asked its members at Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd.’s Rustenburg operations in South Africa to “defend themselves” after a worker was shot yesterday morning during conflict between two rival unions.

“We strongly condemn the attitude of police and management,” Lesiba Seshoka, spokesman for the National Union of Mineworkers, said by mobile phone. “We’re of the view that it should have been prevented. We appealed to Impala to increase security.” The situation is calm today, he said.

There has been increased police presence in the area since January after violence erupted during a strike, Johan Theron, a group executive for personnel at the world’s second-biggest platinum producer, said by phone yesterday.

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