Five members of the Metal and Allied Workers' Union (MAWU) were abducted by Inkatha members at Mpophomeni, KwaZulu, near Howick, Natal, on 5 December 1986. Four of the victims were killed and their bodies burnt. One managed to escape from the vehicle in which he was being held while his colleagues were being taken off and shot. At the time, MAWU members were engaged in intense local conflict with Inkatha supporters and the KwaZulu Police following the 1985 Sarmcol strike. An inquest found nine known Inkatha members responsible for these killings, but no one was charged.
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