Chinese miner ‘attacks’ workers
A CHINESE gold miner yesterday appeared in court for allegedly assaulting his workers for demanding six months’ outstanding salaries.
Zhangy Zhong, 60, a manager at Fools Investments Mine in Bulawayo, allegedly injured Tatenda Mangena and Costan Mhasa after they asked for their salaries dating back to July last year.
Zhangy appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Shepherd Mujanja facing assault charges. He was remanded out of custody on $3 000 bail and is set to appear in court on February 24.
Prosecutors told the court that Mangena and Mhasa, who are mine supervisors, approached their boss demanding their overdue salaries. Zhangy instantly fired the two men and ordered 18 other workers to vacate the premises immediately.
The workers refused to leave and a misunderstanding arose. During the scuffle, Zhangy allegedly started assaulting Mangena with his fists and when Mhasa tried to stop him, the altercation reportedly intensified. Zhangy allegedly picked up a shovel and struck Mhasa on his left hand several times. Mhasa sustained deep cuts on his left hand and right thumb.
After realising that his worker was bleeding, Zhangy allegedly locked himself in his office. A security guard manning the premises allegedly fired a shot in the air to disperse the crowd that was now baying for Zhangy’s blood as they surrounded his office.
Mangena suffered a swollen face from the alleged attack. The duo was taken to United Bulawayo Hospitals for treatment. The mine workers filed a report with the police and Zhangy was arrested. The firearm used by the guard to fire the warning shot was recovered and is being kept at Hillside Police Station.