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Uncertainty hangs over latest Marikana death

North West police are still searching for the suspects who gunned down an Amcu official.

FILE: North West police are still searching for the suspects who gunned down an Amcu official. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Questions are still being raised about the circumstances surrounding the murder of an Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) official in Marikana this week.

Advocate Dali Mpofu, who is representing miners at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry, believes Bongani "Bhayi" Mehlonkomo was killed because he was named by police witness, Mr X.

The mineworker has been testifying against his colleagues and claims they were responsible for several deaths during their violent strike in the North West during August 2012.

Mpofu says his clients are concerned because they say Mr X is falsely implicating many of them.

"The speculation in the community is that the assassination could be connected to mentioning of people's names by Mr X."

Last week, Mr X said some of the miners at the hearings warned him to stop mentioning their names.

North West Police are still searching for the suspects who gunned down the Amcu official while he was on his way home from work.

FARLAM SPEAKS OUT

Inquiry chair Ian Farlam has urged police to double their efforts to protect miners in the North West.

A number of people have been killed since the commission started its work.

Some of them were due to testify about the strike.

Farlam says he's deeply concerned.

"Violence of this kind shouldn't continue and it's a great concern to all of us that there's been another death against the background of Marikana and we hope it's the last one."