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Paul O’Sullivan to start probe into killings at Marikana platinum belt soon

O’Sullivan says there won’t parallel investigations into the platinum belt murders and his work will be giving the police support.

Private investigator Paul O'Sullivan. Picture: Paul O'Sullivan & Associates/Facebook.com

JOHANNESBURG – Private investigator Paul O’Sullivan has now confirmed that he will be starting with a probe into the killings in the Rustenburg platinum belt soon.

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has asked forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan to probe the incidents.

This follows the union requesting an urgent meeting with Police Minister Fikile Mbalula last week, to address the murders in Marikana and the rest of the platinum belt.

In the past three months, at least five Amcu leaders have been shot and killed.

The motive for the killings is still not known.

O’Sullivan says there won’t parallel investigations into the platinum belt murders and his work will be giving the police support.

He says he will, however, probe if any of the killings since 2012 before and after the Marikana massacre have the same motive.

Meanwhile, Eyewitness News has visited the mining area and spoke to those who claim to be on a hit list.

They say they do not feel safe.

Tholakele ‘Bhele’ Dlunga was the latest victim on Tuesday shot and killed at his home at the Wonderkop hostel.

Amcu announced last week that it has requested an urgent meeting with Police Minister Fikile Mbalula to address the apparent assassinations.

At the same time, allegations of corruption and infighting among Amcu leadership may be the root course of the killings.

AMCU’S FAILED NATIONAL CONGRESS TO BLAME

Miners at the platinum belt say Amcu’s failure to hold its national congress since its inception is one of the reasons creating tensions in the mining community.

Claims of ordered hits on those who question decisions by the leadership have allegedly forced some into self-exile.

However, Amcu leader Joseph Mathunjwa has, in a statement, slammed reports claiming the apparent assassinations stem from within the union ranks.

Amcu says it is aware of three arrests linked to the murders and have put up a R100,000 reward for any information leading to a successful conviction.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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