Amcu president calls for peace

2013-05-13 14:10
Joseph Mathunjwa (Picture: Beeld)

Joseph Mathunjwa (Picture: Beeld)

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Rustenburg - Mineworkers should help put an end to the murder of their colleagues, Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathunjwa said on Monday.

In a statement read to the Farlam Commission on Inquiry 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 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.

Marikana killings

Police shot dead 34 striking mineworkers on 16 August.

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.

On Monday, Dali Mpofu, for the arrested and injured miners, continued with his cross-examination of Major General Charl Annandale.

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

Read more on:    lonmin  |  police  |  amcu  |  dali mpofu  |  joseph mathunjwa  |  mahikeng  |  marikana inquiry

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