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Num shocked by latest killing

The National Union of Mineworkers has expressed shock following the murder of one of its members.

Num Secretary General Frans Baleni. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (Num) said it is gradually losing confidence in the ability of police to protect innocent civilians, following the murder of one of its members.

The secretary for the Western Platinum Mine in Marikana was shot and killed at his house Friday night.

It comes after the death of a Num branch chair person last weekend and the attack on another branch leader in the same area.

The union's Secretary General Frans Baleni said they are shocked at the latest incident.

"This person was one of our key witnesses in the judicial commission of inquiry. He was threatened during the inspection at the areas where there is conflict."

The mining industry has been plagued by protests in recent months.

In August, at least 34 people lost their lives during an illegal strike in Marikana.

A total of 45 people lost their lives due to the strike action.

A commission of inquiry is currently underway into the killings.

Num has called on law enforcement agencies to put an end to the killings.

Meanwhile, leaders of the strike by Anglo Platinum Mine workers say they have thwarted a violent backlash from workers, who have been fired by the mining company.

The platinum producer announced Friday that it has dismissed 12,000 striking workers after they failed to attend a disciplinary hearing.

Strike coordinator Siphamandla Makhanya said leaders spent the afternoon appealing to workers not to respond to the news with violence.