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amcu thumb medium80 81City Press reports that two former Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members claim the union is running a well-managed project to kill rivals and rule the North West platinum belt.  

The newspaper travelled to the Eastern Cape to meet the two miners who fled for their lives and now live in fear.  They are amongst at least eight former Amcu members who have fled Marikana, North West, amid killings sparked by union strife.  The one interviewee insisted that his name appeared on a hit list, saying:  “I know I am a target.  Two of my friends have died this year and there have been at least two attempts on my life while I was still living in Marikana.”  When asked why anyone would want to kill him, he replied:  “I know too much.  If I can open my mouth the information that will flow out of it would reveal the real Amcu and how people have died from 2012 until now.”  Another ex-Amcu branch executive committee member fled Marikana in the middle of the night about two months ago, quitting his job at Lonmin in fear for his life.  After being sent a list of questions, Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa issued a public statement in which he attacked City Press.  He denied all the allegations and insisted his union was not involved in the killings.  He said Amcu would not murder people and then hire a private investigator to probe these crimes.  He pointed out that Amcu had put up a R100,000 reward for any information that could lead to the arrest of the perpetrators.

  • Read this report by Poloko Tau in full at City Press
  • Read too, Rustenburg mines on edge as union killings continue, at Financial Mail

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