Amcu leader calls for peace after murder of key Marikana witness

2013-05-13 13:17

Mineworkers should help put an end to the murder of their colleagues, Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa has said.

In a statement read to the Farlam Commission in Rustenburg, he said: “I beg of you all, there have been too many who have died. Do your utmost to help stop these killings.”

The statement was read by lawyer Heidi Barnes on his behalf.

He was referring to the murder of a regional organiser of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) at Lonmin, who was shot dead at the weekend.

“Steve Khululekile... was shot dead on Saturday as he sat watching football on TV in a tavern at Khomanani,” said Mathunjwa.

The victim was expected to testify in the commission, which is investigating the incidents leading to the killing of 44 people during last year’s wage-related unrest at Lonmin’s platinum mine in Marikana, North West.

Police shot dead 34 striking mineworkers on August 16. Ten people, including two police officers, were killed in the preceding week.

Several people who were expected to testify in the commission have been killed.

“I do not know who was responsible, but I want to take this opportunity through the commission to plead with all mineworkers to help stop these killings,” said Mathunjwa.

Today, Dali Mpofu, for the arrested and injured miners, continued with his cross-examination of Maj-Gen Charl Annandale.

Annandale headed the police’s tactical response team during the unrest.

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