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Num ‘extremely concerned’ about ‘hit list’

Reports surfaced of an apparent 'Marikana hit list' containing the names of miners returning to work.

Platinum Mineworkers report for work at a Lonmin shaft in Marikana on 15 May 2014. Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says it is extremely concerned about reports of an apparent "Marikana hit list" containing the names of miners who are returning to work.

The names of three of the four people who were killed on the platinum belt last week allegedly appear on the list.

Workers have been on strike since January demanding a R12,500 salary.

Num's Frans Baleni has urged the police and Lonmin mine to step up security significantly to ensure more lives are not lost.

"It is clear that it is a well organised criminality. We have already lost 44, 45 people and I don't think it's in the best interests of any worker or the community in Rustenburg."

Lonmin could not be reached for comment.

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union ( Amcu) has called on anyone with information about an apparent hit list doing the rounds in Marikana to report it to the police.

The union has denied any knowledge of the list or that its members may be responsible for it.

It's being reported that the names of three of the four miners, who were killed last week in Rustenburg after they broke away from the union's four month long strike, appeared on the document.

But Amcu President Joseph Mathunjwa says their members are not involved.

"It doesn't bring any solution to this, we condemn all strongest terms, people should refrain from doing these things because the strike is about better working conditions and earning a better salary so you can look after your family."