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Police Ministry yet to receive Amcu meeting request over mining murders

At least five Amcu officials have been killed in the last three months, with the union accusing police in the province of dragging their feet in solving the murders.

FILE: Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa delivers a speech to union members. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The Police Ministry says it hasn’t received a meeting request from mining Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) to discuss murders on the North West platinum belt despite the union saying it had sent the request.

At least five Amcu officials have been killed in the last three months, with the union accusing police in the province of dragging their feet in solving the murders.

In the latest attack, Tholakele Bhele Dlunga was killed in his Wonderkop home.

In a statement released last week, the union said that it would demand immediate intervention by the Police Minister, to fast-track the prosecution of those responsible for all murders dating back to 2012.

The union has called on its members to exercise restraint as it works to ensure the perpetrators are brought to book, which includes enlisting the services of private investigator Paul O’Sullivan.

While the statement implies that the union has already contacted Minister Fikile Mbalula, his spokesperson Vuyo Mhaga says they have not heard from Amcu.

“We’ve not received any communique coming from Amcu related to the current Marikana killings that we’ve seen them speaking about in the media.”

At the same time, the North West police service says that its provincial management has deployed a special task team to investigate the murders.