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Amcu official murdered in Rustenburg

Police are investigating a case of murder after an Amcu official was gunned down yesterday.

FILE: Amplats miners at the Komanani shaft. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

RUSTENBURG - A North West regional organiser of the break-away union, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), was shot dead in Rustenburg on Saturday.

This was amid heightened tensions in the mining sector, with Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) planning to cut 6,000 jobs.

Police said four men approached the official at a tavern near Amplat's Khomanani shaft in Rustenburg.

It was understood he was shot four times.

The victim, who could not be named until his next-of-kin was notified, was expected to testify at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry.

The inquiry was established by President Jacob Zuma to investigate if police were justified in using live ammunition to disperse protesting Lonmin miners.

Thirty-four miners were shot dead and scores of others injured when police started shooting at them in August last year.

The miners were protesting for higher wages and improved working and living conditions.

Police spokesperson Thulane Ngubane said, "We can confirm that we are investigating the murder.

"We are urging the community to come forward with any piece of information in identifying the culprits."

Earlier this year, a sangoma, who was also due to testify at the inquiry, was gunned down in his home in the Western Cape.

In April advocate Dali Mpofu was stabbed in an apparent mugging incident in East London.

Mpofu represents the miners at the commission.

The mining sector has been rocked with strike and protest action over the last year.

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