- - Wednesday, June 30, 2010


Power union threatens strike

JOHANNESBURG | The main union at South Africa’s monopoly power supplier says it’s ready to strike after rejecting the company’s wage offer.

The National Union of Mineworkers, which says it represents 20,000 of the 30,000 Eskom workers, said Wednesday the strike will start next week, but did not say which day.

The smaller Solidarity union has given Eskom until Monday to consider its revised demands. A third union says its shop stewards are meeting Wednesday to discuss whether to strike.

The unions demand a 9 percent wage increase. They have rejected Eskom’s offer of 8.5 percent.

A strike could mean power failures during the World Cup, but all the stadiums have generators.


Genocide suspect faces extradition

LIBREVILLE | Negotiations are taking place with the French government over the extradition from Gabon to Kigali, Rwanda, of a Rwandan doctor and genocide suspect, Gabonese security sources said Wednesday.

Jean Chrysostome Ndindabahizi, who was wanted by Interpol and was the subject of an international arrest warrant for his suspected participation in the 1994 mass killings, was arrested in Gabon in June.

There is no extradition treaty between Gabon and Rwanda, but a Gabonese security source told Agence France-Presse that talks were taking place with Paris to extradite Dr. Ndindabahizi to France, and then in turn to Rwanda.

The Rwandan had changed his identity and was working in a public hospital in Melen, a suburb of capital, Libreville, before his arrest about 10 days ago, according to the source, who was speaking on the condition of anonymity.


U.N. chief concerned over disappearances

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