Num demand answers after chairman's death

The Num chairperson at Lonmin’s Marikana mine was gunned down on Thursday last week.

The Num chairperson at Lonmin’s Marikana mine was gunned down on Thursday last week.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (Num) says it's hoping the police will track down those responsible for the murder of its chairperson in Marikana.

The senior official, who was the union's chairperson at Lonmin's Platinum Mine in the North West, was gunned down on Thursday night.

While the motive for his murder is still unclear, there have been ongoing tensions between the Num and rival union Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) in recent months.

The Num's Lesiba Seshoka says, "We are quite hopeful that some culprits will be arrested and prosecuted very soon. Violence is a big problem for us because we can't mobilise and organise freely. We basically live in fear. And this goes against the freedom of our association."