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Slain Amcu member received threats

Mawethu Stevens had been threatened because miners in the area disagreed with Amcu.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathunjwa had on Monday revealed the union's slain North West Regional Chairperson Mawethu Stevens, had received several threats because miners in the area disagreed with his association, Amcu.

Stevens used to be a member of rival union National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and was an employee at Lonmin.

The slain Amcu member was killed by four men on Saturday while sitting at a tavern in Rustenburg.

He was due to give evidence at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, which is investigating last year's Marikana shooting which left 34 miners dead.

Mathunjwa has appealed for calm as tensions rise in Marikana following the deaths of three people over the weekend.

The Amcu regional chair was gunned down on Saturday and two other miners were killed in their shack in Marikana just a few hours later.

He added that it is still unclear if the other two victims were members of their union, but he is relying on the police to find the culprits.

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.