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Marikana: Mass meeting for Amcu members

Union rivalry between Amcu and NUM is at the core of tensions at Lonmin's Marikana mine.

Lonmin miners take part in an illegal strike on 14 May 2013. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

MARIKANA - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members have started arriving for a mass meeting at the Wonderkop Stadium outside Lonmin's Marikana mine.

Thousands of miners downed tools on Tuesday saying rival union National Union of Mineworkers (Num) should vacate their offices as Amcu was now the majority union at the mine.

Amcu President Joseph Mathunjwa urged NUM to accept it was now the minority and it should shutdown its offices.

"As we speak, the demand is about the closure of NUM. Amcu has signed a peace accord in which they committed themselves to respecting freedom of association."

Union rivalry is on the centre stage at the mine with both unions standing their ground.

Miners vowed to stay away from work until NUM vacated its offices.

On Tuesday, Lonmin mine management said workers at 13 of its shafts embarked on the unprotected and illegal strike.

Employees arrived at work, but refused to go underground.

Meanwhile, Amcu regional chairperson Mawethu Stevens was gunned down over the weekend at a local tavern.

Stevens was expected to testify at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry which is investigating the August shooting at the mine in which 34 protesters were killed.

In 2012, a NUM official was killed before he could testify at the inquiry.

In March, a sangoma who reportedly supplied the miners with muti during the strike was gunned down outside his home in the Eastern Cape.