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Three held for Marikana NUM murder

The suspects appeared in the Tlhabane Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

FILE: Police officers in Marikana. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Three people have been arrested in connection with National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) Marikana chairperson William Setelele's murder, North West police confirmed on Thursday.

He was shot eight times in the Nkaneng informal settlement last week, fuelling tensions in the volatile mining area.

In August 2012, 44 people were killed during a month-long wage strike at the Lonmin mine in the area.

Police say Setelele was on his way to fetch his girlfriend in Wonderkop Village when a group of men approached his car.

The men shot him once while he was driving.

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

Police spokesperson Thulani Ngubane said the suspects appeared in court.

"They appeared briefly before the Tlhabane Magistrate's Court today. The suspects are remanded in custody until they reappear for a bail application on the 31 October."

Since last year's deadly attack, there's been ongoing hostility between the NUM and rival union the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).