NUM members accused of carrying guns

NUM says Mathunjwa must follow up with police to ensure the allegations are investigated.

FILE: AMCU's Jimmy Gama addressess Amplats miners at the Komanani shaft regarding the possible retrechment of 14 000 jobs. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) President Joseph Mathunjwa has on Monday accused members from rival union National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) of carrying firearms with them around the mines in Rustenburg.

Amcu official Mawethu Stevens was gunned down in a tavern on Saturday, but Mathunjwa said that he had been threatened before and police failed to act.

Stevens was due to give evidence at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, which is investigating last year's Marikana shooting in which 34 miners were killed.

Mathunjwa is not directly accusing NUM of being behind the murder of Stevens, but he said that even after death threats were reported to the police nothing was done.

The Amcu president said that if NUM members accuse his members of violence police intervene almost immediately and that NUM members are given free reign at the mines.

NUM said that Mathunjwa must follow up with police to ensure these allegations are investigated.

Mathunjwa is appealing for calm saying there cannot be any more deaths in the volatile area.

"NUM members and shop stewards are freely carrying and blazing guns at the mines."

The organiser's death brings the number of Marikana witnesses who have been murdered to three.

A leader from the National Union of Mineworkers was killed last year and a sangoma was gunned down outside his home earlier this year.