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NUM chairperson killed in Marikana

It is still not clear if the killing is linked to ongoing union rivalry at the North West mine.

FILE: Police at the scene of a crime. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The crime scene where a National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) chairperson was killed in Marikana last night has now been cleared.

Residents in the area say such shootings are a regular occurrence.

Not much is known about the circumstances under which the man died.

It is still not clear if the killing is linked to ongoing union rivalry with the Association of Miners and Construction Union (Amcu) at the North West mine.

The man was shot several times near the koppie where 34 miners were gunned down by police last year.

The chairperson was on his way to fetch his girlfriend in Wonderkop Village when four men approached his car.

Police say the men shot him once while he was driving.

After he jumped out of the vehicle, the suspects fired seven more shots.

The 46-year-old Limpopo man's girlfriend managed to escape.

Police say the man may have been targeted, although they've been cautious not to link the incident to union rivalry.

Earlier this year, an AMCU regional organiser was killed in a tavern in the same area.

Police haven't made any arrests.

NUM SHAKEN

The union says it's angered and traumatised by the murder of its chairperson, saying the area has become a no-go zone for the union.

This is the second NUM murder in two weeks.

Regional Coordinator Mxhasi Sithethi says the NUM's leadership is still reeling from the news.

"It is shocking because it happened when we least expected it. Police are still investigating how our comrade landed up in that area last night."

The man's family is now travelling to Marikana.

His name will be released once they arrive, Sithethi added.