Marikana killings are continuing - Amcu

Amcu says despite handing over information to authorities, no arrests have been made.

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 says he's concerned about the increasing number of members being killed in the Marikana area.

The platinum belt has been marred by violence in recent months, with the violence largely attributed to a fierce rivalry between Amcu and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

Both Amcu and the NUM say many of their members have been intimidated and killed in the troubled platinum belt over the past year.

Mathunjwa said in the latest incident, two shop stewards from an Impala Platinum Mine were killed over the weekend.

He said despite Amcu sharing information with police, no one has been arrested for the crimes.

"Amcu has recently been referred to as cockroaches. Subsequent to this, we have seen an escalation in the killing of our shop stewards. The very same unions who signed this peace framework are the ones who are in the business of name calling, in particular the NUM."

Meanwhile, North West police are hoping to link two suspects arrested for the murder of a miner in Marikana to other crimes committed in the area.

The suspects were arrested on Wednesday night for killing a miner prior to the Marikana shooting incident on 16 August 2012.

The victim's body was discovered by journalists near the koppie where protesters had been gathering during mine strikes last year.

The police's Thulani Ngubane said over 500 people have been arrested for crimes in the area over the past year.

"Now it shows that there is a great deal of work that's being done. The authorities are also following up on other leads in other cases that could also possibly be linked to the two suspects."

Meanwhile, two other suspects arrested in connection with another murder in Marikana last year have been released on bail because they are witnesses at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry.


In another incident this month, a female shop steward affiliated to the NUM was gunned down outside the Rowland shaft.

At the end of last month, the body of a 49-year-old Lonmin employee was found with four gunshot wounds to his body and neck. It's alleged the man was on his way to work when he was shot near the Wonderkop Stadium.

In a second incident last month, a NUM member was assaulted with a knobkerrie at the Nkaneng informal settlement. He was on his way to a NUM recruitment rally at the Wonderkop Stadium.

The rally was held as part of the union's recruitment drive at the Lonmin Platinum Mine after it's derecognition last week.

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

In April, two NUM shop stewards were also gunned down in the same area.