NUM remembers slain branch secretary

2012-10-22 14:34
Children at the township in Marikana (File, AP)

Children at the township in Marikana (File, AP)

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Rustenburg - Members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) paid tribute to their slain branch secretary Daluvuyo Bongo at the Farlam Commission in Rustenburg on Monday.

Dressed in red union t-shirts bearing Bongo's face, a delegation from the union sat in the public gallery listening to advocate Ishmael Semenya, for the police, telling of the rivalry between NUM and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).

"On this sad day we remember Bongo, a selfless leader," said one man from the delegation, declining to be named and saying the person appointed to comment was at the Rustenburg Magistrate's Court.

Bongo was shot dead at Marikana on October 5.

NUM said at the time of his death he was to present key information to the commission.

Two men, Zenzile Nxenge and Sizakhele Kwazile, have been arrested in connection with the murder.

They were expected to appear in the Rustenburg Magistrate's Court to apply for bail.

The rivalry between Amcu and NUM was reported to have been the issue that led to the strike at Lonmin in Marikana.

The labour dispute resulted in at least 45 people being killed.

The Farlam Commission is investigating the deaths of 34 people in a shooting on August 16.

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