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Mathunjwa2ANA reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) said on Tuesday that the arrests of six men linked to the killing of mineworkers in Marikana last year was made through the help of the union.  

“These arrests were made at the behest of Amcu private investigators who traced these ‘trigger man’ and ‘collaborators’.  The impetus by Amcu was an act of good citizenry, in pursuance of law and order, without seeking personal glory,” said Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa.  He also pointed out that the union had offered a reward of up to R200,000 for credible information that assisted investigators with leads and went on to state:  “It is important to place it on record that contrary to the non-statement issued by the Minister of Police [Fikile Mbalula] and his generals, the police acted on details, names, addresses and evidence collated by our private investigators which led to the expeditious arresting of the suspects.”  Mathunjwa said Mbalula had further cast aspersions on Amcu through suggestive remarks that the source of the conflict was an outcome of rivalry within the union.  “This painted a picture of a union at war with itself.  We take great exception to this and dismiss these claims as baseless.”  Eleven cases of murder and attempted murder were reported in the North West platinum belt between May and October last year.

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