Three men arrested for Marikana murders

2013-12-18 10:48

Three men have been arrested for three murders linked to violence at mines in Marikana.

A 25-year-old man was arrested and appeared in court yesterday in connection with the murder of two National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) leaders, North West premier Thandi Modise’s spokesperson Lesiba Moses Kgwele said in a statement today.

The men remained in police custody pending appearances in the Rustenburg and Ga-Rankuwa magistrates’ courts on Monday and yesterday.

In November, former NUM shop steward Percy Letanang was shot seven times at his home in Segwaelane outside Marikana.

In August, a female NUM shop steward was murdered outside her home near the NUM’s offices at the Western Platinum mine division.

Two men have also been arrested for the shooting of a man at a tavern in Wonderkop on December 6.

At the time of the shooting, the gunman, who was apparently a Lonmin employee, was wearing an Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) shirt, Captain Pelonomi Makau said in the statement.

The gunman fled, but was arrested at the weekend at the Wonderkop Hostel after a shooting during an armed robbery. The shots missed the victim.

When police arrived on the scene, the man pointed his firearm at them.

He was arrested and was linked to the tavern killing. An accomplice of his was also arrested.

They face charges of attempted murder, possession of an unlicensed firearm and pointing of a firearm, said Makau.

The men were denied bail by the Marikana Periodical Court on Friday.

The NUM recently lost its status as the majority union at Lonmin to Amcu.

Several murders of union members are believed to be the result of rivalry between the unions.

Modise said: “We welcome the breakthroughs and commend police for the arrests which indicate their determination to get to the bottom of the spate of violence and killings to unmask and remove perpetrators of violence from society.”

She said more arrests were possible.

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