JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Forget membership drives: South Africa's
largest trade union has accused an upstart rival of using witchcraft to
recruit new members.
With tensions running high between the behemoth National Union of Mineworkers (NUM)
and the breakaway Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union
(AMCU), union leaders say they are taking the witchcraft allegations
The two unions, NUM and AMCU, are fighting for control among workers at the world's biggest platinum mine, located in Rustenburg, northwest of Johannesburg.
Frans Baleni, NUM's general secretary, told journalists Thursday that
the rival AMCU is having success in attracting members at the Impala
Platinum (Implats) mine because of special "muti," or traditional
medicines, made from ingredients that can include plants and animal
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