10 bullets for latest victim of union war

2013-10-20 14:00

Ten bullets ripped into William Setelele’s body as he tried to flee from the men who were shooting at him.

According to his colleagues, Setelele, the branch chairperson of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in North West, is the latest victim of a turf war between the union and its bitter rival, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).

Sydwell Dokolwana, NUM’s regional secretary in Rustenburg, said Setelele was called by a woman and told to come to the Nkaneng area of Marikana on Thursday evening.

As the two drove past the Nkaneng sports field, a group of men approached them and started shooting, Dokolwana told City Press.

“He was rammed off the road into a ditch. He ran out of the car and that is when he was shot again,” said Dokolwana.

Setelele died at the scene.

Dokolwana said there were seven bullets in the car and 10 in Setelele’s body.

“He tried to run, but they just mowed him down.”

The woman who was with him was shot in the leg and taken to a nearby hospital on Thursday evening.

A source close to the case said the woman was able to identify Setelele’s killers, which Dokolwana confirmed.

“She had divulged information to the police, but of course we can’t reveal her identity. She’ll be the next target,” said Dokolwana.

“There is also someone else who has come forward to assist the police. But police say this information is classified,” he said.

He said the woman had been taken to a place of safety to protect her from a revenge attack.

But Brigadier Thulani Ngubane, spokesperson for the North West police, said they had not moved the woman from the hospital.

“Maybe her family took her away. All I know is that she was taken to hospital,” said Ngubane.

NUM national spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said they suspected the murder was connected to the turf war between the two mining unions.

Police sources said either four or five men were involved and that two had been brought in for questioning.

Ngubane, though, would only confirm that a number of people had been called in for questioning.

He said no arrests had been made yet.

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