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Amcu member killed in Marikana

A Lonmin employee was shot dead on the platinum belt over the weekend.

A Lonmin employee was shot dead on the platinum belt over the weekend. File picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - North West police are investigating another case of murder in Marikana after an Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) member employed by Lonmin was shot dead at the weekend.

The man was killed after he and two friends fled from three gunmen outside a tavern in the Nkaneng informal settlement.

The murder comes less than a month after two National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) shop stewards were also gunned down in the same area.

But the police's Sabata Mokgwabone says the case is not linked to recent killings of union members on the platinum belt.

"At this stage the suspects are not known and no arrests have been made. We want to confirm that the case is not linked to the recently reported cases of murder where labour union officials were involved, although the victim is also a Lonmin employee."

The platinum belt has been marred by violence in recent months. Rivals unions continue to blame each other for the violence.

In May, an Amcu official who was due to testify at the Farlam Commission was shot dead in Marikana. He was assassinated while visiting a local tavern.

The commission was set up by President Jacob Zuma following the deaths of 44 people during violent clashes at the mine last August.

The protesters were demanding better salaries.

The commission is currently underway.

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