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amcu thumb medium80 81City Press writes that at least five miners on the Rustenburg platinum belt have been killed by “hired guns” in the past two months, all of them members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).  

S’thembele Mqunyana, who was warned by a fellow miner that he would be the next to die and who consequently fled the area, alleges that he is one of about 16 miners whose names are on a list of mine workers earmarked for death.  Most have resigned their jobs and fled Marikana.  Mveliso Biyela, the man who warned Mqunyana, was himself murdered two weeks later by an unknown assailant.  One of the men who claims his name is also on the list but who has remained behind in Marikana said:  “Cracks have formed within Amcu and it is sad that they have been left to deepen.  Blood has already started trickling but soon it will flow.  Trouble is brewing and a serious bloodshed is coming.”  The (unnamed) man said relations between workers started souring when members of one Xhosa clan were purged from Amcu after they exposed “the rot” within the union and pointed out those responsible.  Others from another clan were allegedly rewarded with positions.  This led to conflict between the two clans – the AmaBomvana and AmaMpondo.  The latter have accused Amcu leader Joseph Mathunjwa of favouring the AmaBomvana.  A respected leader of AmaMpondo on the platinum belt said last week that a war was looming as more and more AmaMpondo men seek to leave Amcu and join the rival National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).  Meanwhile, NUM has distanced itself from the ongoing killings.

  • Read this report by Poloko Tau and Msindisi Fengu in full at City Press