NUM leader's cousin 'mistakenly' killed

2012-10-07 20:05

Johannesburg - The cousin of a National Union of Mineworkers shop steward was shot and killed in a hostel in Marikana, near Rustenburg, the union said on Sunday.

"An unemployed cousin of an NUM shop steward was shot and killed last night [Saturday] at the shop steward 's house in what is reported to be a case of mistaken identity," spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said.

"Gunmen appeared from nowhere at the Marikana hostel and immediately shot the steward 's cousin who was sitting on a bed. The cousin died on the scene."

Seshoka said the shop steward was not at home, but his cousin and a friend were. The friend witnessed the shooting, he added.

He said the union was worried as this was not the first death connected to the union.

On Friday night, an NUM branch leader was shot dead at his home in Marikana, in what Seshoka described as an "assassination".

"This comes after the death of the NUM branch chairperson last weekend and the attack on another branch leader, who escaped whilst his wife was killed," said Seshoka.

Five NUM members - two of them shop-stewards - were killed in violence associated with a strike at Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana between 10 August and 16 August, said Seshoka.

Of the 34 people shot dead by police trying to disperse a group of protesters on 16 August, 14 were NUM members, he said.

On 11 September, a third NUM shop steward was found dead near the scene of this shooting. Dumisani Mthinti had been hacked to death.

Striking workers at Marikana - and other mines - have voiced unhappiness with their NUM representatives.

During an inspection in loco by the Farlam commission of inquiry into the Marikana shooting, a worker claimed NUM members confronted and shot workers - killing two of them - who were marching to the union's office on 11 August.

The strike at Marikana was initially thought to be linked to a struggle for recognition between the NUM and the newly-established Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).

When the violence broke out, each accused the other of inciting the violence. Amcu claimed the NUM resorted to violence to throw people into disarray whenever it lost members.

Seshoka said the NUM would be calling for a meeting with the police to discuss safety of union members.

"This is one too many deaths. After the height in Marikana we have seen a lot of people hacked. Just too many," he said.

"The NUM is highly perturbed by the inefficiency of the police in that of the many cases reported in Marikana, there is yet to be any progress in the arrest and prosecution of any suspect."

The North West police confirmed a shooting on Sunday afternoon, but further details were not immediately available.

  • Bafana Joseph - 2012-10-07 20:23

    Jacob Zuma must fix his mess innocent people get killed everyday in SA...dis country is becoming unsafe

      gretchen.oswald.3 - 2012-10-07 20:28

      it has been unsafe for a very long time- but its getting worse day by day!!!

      nicholas.graan - 2012-10-07 21:06

      Oops, sorry, next time we'll kill the right guy.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-07 21:14

      @Leonardb1 - apparently it's perfectly normal for 30 people to die on our roads every day, for farmers to be killed, women to have their throats slit and elderly women to be raped. From this week-end's utterance alone - both here and stories on IOL - this is the new normal. What apparently isn't normal is when people who hold political office, public figures or those related to public figures (even a house can be a public figure!), become victims of crime. Then it is "heinous" and demands are made for swift arrests, max penalties, etc.

      trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-10-07 21:25

      vote again....Zoom Zuum...and we will see...again and again

      schalk.jonker.1 - 2012-10-07 22:04

      i think it was a robbery going wrong, or maybe they were hungry. thats the excuses they use for farm murders......

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-10-07 22:37

      Go ahead, vote ANC & get exactly what you deserve... S.U.C.K.E.R.S!!!

      Klaus - 2012-10-08 04:54

      @Leonardb1, No normal politics in a abnormal society, no civilised behaviour in a savage country until current predatory gang of politicians are voted out of power and despatched to maximum prison (Robbin Island?)

      klasgoran.olsson - 2012-10-08 09:03

      Yes Bafana. It is high time to do something because now it seems to go totally out of hands. In contrast to you I belive this is everybodys responsibility to do something according to attitudes of vi olence. Zuma and the rest on government and national parliament as well as all local parliaments all over the country, must do something. It is just crazy to read every day in the newspaper about killing. It is also sad to read the comments given in this paper....Everybody must start to ask themselves What can I do to make a change. All these years I have known South Africa I have heard people say that the president most do this and that, whatever the name of the president has been. A society is a product of all the citizens there, so come on, let´s start a nationwide movement for a good Rainbow nation.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-07 20:25

    And for me #1 reason for stomping out vigilantism, mob-justice, etc. We have a judicial system for a reason. I believe that people are justifiably unhappy at the way SAPS and the courts treat certain cases, but address that - the underlying problem - instead of taking matters into one's own hands.

  • mike.clery - 2012-10-07 20:29

    It's becoming increasingly clear that the miners' strikes have little to do with their pay and everything to do with power struggles by puppet-masters (and the money that comes with winning).

      godfrey.welman - 2012-10-07 20:47

      Got to wonder if its NUM members taking out their own (as is the case in KZN ANC leaders being taken out by their own menbers) knowing that all eyes are on opposition unions.

  • kaapse.snaai - 2012-10-07 20:40

    What the hell sihappening in this country maar huh??

      gretchen.oswald.3 - 2012-10-07 22:05


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  • thabani.dube.988 - 2012-10-07 20:56

    Marikana this Marikana that, Marikana here Marikana there, Marikana Zuma Marikana Malema, Marika-a-a-a-a!!? Eish!

  • klasgoran.olsson - 2012-10-07 21:08

    I suppose it would help if everybody got a handgun for free and a big bodyguard for all

      klasgoran.olsson - 2012-10-08 09:29

      I hope you understand the irony

  • punungwe - 2012-10-07 21:10

    How can it be that five or six members of a leading union, two security guards and two policemen are shot dead, by people for which there are very strong leads to their identity, and nobody is arrested. By now the commissioner of police and the minister responsible should have taken a very strong interest in the case. They should not forget, the reputation of South Africa as a lawful country is at stake. Surely you cannot have a lawful country where citizens, no matter how aggrieved, are allowed to murder with impunity. It is beginning to look like the South African police, and government, are very sympathetic to some types of criminals.

      letsatsi.gabriel - 2012-10-07 21:38

      why dont you mention 34 dont declair it as dearth.

      punungwe - 2012-10-08 05:15

      @Letsatsi there is a commission investigating the death of the 34 workers. Also various government arms including internal police investigators are investigating those deaths. Besides the police who did the shooting are known. But they were on LAWFUL DUTY. The police were doing their work as required by law. The only thing that needs to be determined is whether they used excessive force. Even then such a mistake in the heat of the moment is not as bad as pre-planned callous murders of NUM members, that is going on as we speak.

  • nhlanhla.mahlangu.7393 - 2012-10-07 21:12

    mmm... GTA @ its bst

  • david.mnyungula - 2012-10-07 21:15

    No 1 can stop this except unoin bossis they must go ther

  • Sechaba30 - 2012-10-07 21:18

    We did mention that the revolution in Mining industry will never be televised on SABC.

  • thabojames.mohanoe - 2012-10-07 21:23

    this is now going far, amcru or whats ur name, please stop this, we cnt keep losing life like this, If u want to be recognisd as a union the canvas 4 suport n stop kiling num members. POLICE MUST ACT ONCE AGAIN.

      gretchen.oswald.3 - 2012-10-07 22:09

      Viva Thabojames! .................police must act once again!!!! Well said.

  • Erna - 2012-10-07 21:41

    There is something so wrong about 'mistakingly killing' someone. Why kill at all? I will never understand the violent nature of the people in SA.

  • freddie.mostert.3 - 2012-10-07 21:49

    This wont stop until the anc wants it to stop! Sensless killings! Sies man!

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-10-07 21:50

    Enough time has passed for the people to see all the promises of government and unions are empty! They see their leaders are greedy and they don't struggle, they see the leaders don't care.

  • Brian Dorning - 2012-10-07 21:57

    I'm curious to see how racism or apartheid is going to blamed for these killings...maybe its even the fault of the 'boers'?!?!

      phahla.matwa - 2012-10-08 09:13

      Its their fault(Boers). they r paying da miners peanuts.

  • matshane.seleko - 2012-10-07 22:01

    If I take another person's life,and I remain with mine,will I still have peace of mind?I believe even killing in self-defence would still leave one with a life-time guilt.Or am I not normal?I'm even afraid to make this comment.

      gretchen.oswald.3 - 2012-10-07 22:14

      Any human has the right to kill in self defense!!!!!!!!! @ Matshane- if you are too afraid to comment, (as many are).....I will protect you!

  • thabo.shaku - 2012-10-07 22:27

    ANC + Cosatu (NUM) + Zuma = Corruption/Death/Mayhem!

  • Pieter Du Preez - 2012-10-07 22:30

    Mistakenly killed? I hope he survived, I mean it was an accident. stupid journalism, crazy South Africans

  • jabulani.kantshangase - 2012-10-07 23:33

    Abantu sebangenwa ubulwane.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-10-08 06:13

    Okay so they thought he was a NUM rep, Clearly this is a Union war and I think its time to put the message to the cops, Live ammunition! Shoot to kill! If someone is breaking the law in a violent manner then kill him. Simple! This is getting a little crazy!!! oh and Government should stop increasing idiots salaries!!! Like Zuma! clearly the people need this money more... they all signed up for SARS for you ZUMa now stop ripping them off.

  • charles.kubhayi.9 - 2012-10-08 07:59

    This is not the responsibility of Jacob Zuma but the unions. What are the unions doing if their members kill each other in front of them? People must not be lazy to think critically before they make comments, the country has guiding principles and legislations that direct who to do what, where and when. It is not Zuma who must do all these jobs.

  • karoo.gypsy - 2012-10-08 09:00

    dog eat dog!

  • john.odara.9 - 2012-10-08 09:48

    This sounds like cover-up work to me. I have suspected that the innitial Marikana incident was planned. Planned to benefit a certain person who surname rhymes with lema. Cover up the loose ends to cover up the truth that the Marikana shooting was instigated from within the protestors' group, to blame SAPS and give lema a fascinating platform to mobilize his struggle.

  • carol.brand.5030 - 2012-10-08 11:04

    see they cant even tell the difference between the 'goodies' and the 'baddies'. what a bunch of losers!

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