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Police say investigating murders of mine union leaders in Marikana

Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union has accused the police of dragging their feet in probing the murders of six of its leaders on the platinum belt.

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union has accused the police of dragging their feet in probing the murders of six of its leaders on the Platinum Belt. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The police in the North West have dismissed claims they are failing to investigate the murders of union leaders at mines in and around Marikana.

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has accused the police of dragging their feet in probing the murders of six of its leaders on the Platinum Belt.

The union claims three arrests have been made and has put up a R100,000 reward for any information leading to convictions.

However, the police have denied any arrests.

The police’s Sabata Mokgwabona says they are committed to finding out who is responsible for the latest murders in the province, adding that a task team has been deployed to specifically investigate the killings.

Tholakele ‘Bhele’ Dlunga became the latest victim when he was gunned down at his Wonderkop hostel home on last Tuesday.

Mokgwabona says the task team was appointed over a month ago.

“As the police, we are working very hard to ensure that we actually get to the bottom of these cases. Provincial management has also appointed a special task team to investigate those cases.”

Mokgwabona says only one person has been arrested for attempted murder.

“Regarding those arrests, Amcu should be the one giving you the names of those people whom they say have been arrested because we’re not aware of those arrests. What I can say is that we have arrested one person for attempted murder but this particular case was reported in Mooinooi in July.”

He says the police welcome the union’s appointment of private investigator Paul O’Sullivan as they are willing to work with all parties who will assist and not jeopardise ongoing investigations.