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Colliery workers fired after murder


MINE management at Tweefontein Colliery has begun large-scale dismissals of workers believed to have been involved in the mob murder of mine manager Fanie Venter at the colliery’s Waterpan section near Ogies in Mpumalanga last Wednesday.

The National Union of Mineworkers has charged management with dismissing workers without disciplinary inquiries or any undertaking that an independent panel will preside over hearings. A mine spokesman said the mine is confident those being dismissed were involved in the killing.

Since Venter’s murder, operations at Tweefontein’s Waterpan and Boschmans sections have been suspended. An investigation into the killing, led by management and supported by unions, began on Friday. Police say that to date no arrests have been made.

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