Amcu calls for calm after member murdered

Police continue their hunt for four men responsible for the murder of an Amcu member.

FILE: AMCU's Joseph Mathunjwa speaks during a media briefing about the Lonmin peace deal. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - North West police on Monday said they could not yet link the murders of twin brothers to that of an Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) member at the weekend.

The brothers were shot in a shack on Saturday night just after Amcu regional organiser Mawethu Stevens was gunned down in a tavern outside Rustenberg near Amplats' Khomanani shaft.

Stevens was due to testify at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry looking into the Marikana shootings.

The police's Thulani Ngubane said a group of men approached the twins asking for information.

"They were asking for a certain man and after the twin brothers could not supply them with the information they wanted, the men decided to shoot them."

Police said two women were also shot and wounded and a boy managed to escape the scene.

LINK TO MARIKANA INQUIRY

Marikana Commission of Inquiry spokesperson Tshepo Mahlangu said they do not want to speculate on the motive for the murder.

"If witnesses feel threatened in anyway, they have a right to approach their lawyers and their lawyers will then approach the commission to do something about it." Mahlangu said.

Amcu's Joseph Mathunjwa called for calm by saying it was too early to speculate that the murder had anything to do with the inquiry.

"We're still gathering information from our side and hopefully, the police who are very capable will surely come up with something."

He also called on members to avoid any violent reaction to the crime and to allow police to investigate the murder.

Police are still hunting for the men responsible.

OTHER DEATHS

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.

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

Mpofu represents the miners at the commission.

He believes the incident was not related to his work at the commission.

The commission is investigating the deaths 34 miners in August.

They were taking part in an illegal protest at the time.

They were demanding better salaries when clashes with police broke out.

Police maintain they shot at the miners as their lives were in danger.

AMPLATS RESTRUCTURING

Meanwhile, Amcu said it will not be engaging in industrial action just yet after Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) announced it was planning to cut 6,000 jobs.

Earlier this year, Amplats said that restructuring plans could see 14,000 job cuts, but after months of talks after government stepped in, the plan was revised.

Amcu's Joseph Mathunjwa said, "We don't know of any pending industrial action except that we are still waiting for the company to officially give us notice and then from there we will be working through those processes."