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NUM’s Lonmin chairperson murdered

NUM says it doesn’t want to speculate on who’s responsible for the killing.

NUM's Frans Baleni says the union is shocked following the murder of its chairperson at Lonmin’s platinum mine in the North West. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says it's shocked following the murder of its chairperson at Lonmin's platinum mine in the North West.

Police are still on the scene gathering evidence.

There have been on-going tensions between NUM and start up union Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union in recent months, and NUM says it does not want to speculate on who's responsible for the killing.

The union's Frans Baleni said, "We're saddened by the number of NUM members who've been killed and this is because of the recent agreement with Lonmin. I don't know what they want from us as they signed the agreement so why are they still killing us?"