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Paul O’Sullivan: There is hidden hand behind platinum belt killings

Amcu has hired forensic consultant O’Sullivan to investigate the killings in and around Marikana.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Following allegations of ordered hits and infighting within mining union Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), forensic consultant Paul O’Sullivan says its clear a hidden hand is behind the murders on the platinum belt.

Amcu has hired O’Sullivan to investigate the killings in and around Marikana.

They’ve also offered a reward for information that leads to a successful conviction.

O’Sullivan says statements made in recent arrests have offered new leads.

“It’s crystal clear from the arrest that was made last week and statements. We, in the meantime, have started looking at the people that person has had contact with and we’re quite certain there’s a hidden hand.”

Amcu maintains allegations against it are made by disgruntled members who are being used to destabilise the union.

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SUSPECTS

O’Sullivan says suspects linked to recent murders in and around Marikana have already been identified.

Earlier on Thursday, Eyewitness News revealed that four miners who have fled the mining community for fear of being killed, claiming the apparent assassinations stem from within the union.

O’Sullivan says statements made after recent arrests have revealed that certain people are being targeted.

A man accused of trying to kill Amcu’s shop steward Malibongwe Mdazo appeared in court this week.

Mdazo was ambushed while making his way home from a soccer game in July.

“An individual with a hired gun goes to kill somebody and in the process, they meet the person outside the soccer stadium. A person walked up to this guy, shook his hand and then walked away. Moments later the gunman opened fire.”

O’Sullivan says they are following fresh leads.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)