Person hacked to death a NUM shop steward

2012-09-13 13:02

Johannesburg - The man found dead near a group of strikers not far from Lonmin's Marikana mine earlier this week was 51-year-old rock-drill operator and NUM shop steward Dumisani Mthinti, police said on Thursday.

Brigadier Thulani Ngubane, who provided his name, said he was from the Eastern Cape.

"He had two open wounds at the back of his head that showed he was hacked with a sharp object."

His body was found on Tuesday, as the strike at the platinum mine entered its second month.

Ngubane said no arrests had yet been made and investigations were still underway into the death.

National Union of Mineworkers spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said Mthinti was an NUM shop steward.

On Tuesday, Ngubane said his body was found about 300m away from where the miners usually met, on the western side of a hill near the mine.

On Wednesday, the SA Council of Churches (SACC) said the workers on strike at Lonmin were not violent.

"As a leader myself, I am convinced that they are not violent," SACC president Bishop Jo Seoka told reporters in Marikana, in the North West.

Asked about the body, Seoka said Mthinti might have been killed elsewhere.

"There is no evidence that workers have murdered anyone, because they don't know what happened. We appealed to workers' delegation[s] to tell workers not to carry dangerous weapons."

Workers were expected to meet mine management, the unions, traditional leaders and the SACC on Thursday to discuss their demand for a monthly salary of R12 500.

Mthinti was the 45th person killed in events associated with the strike since August 10. Ten people, including police and security guards, died in the week before police opened fire on protesters, killing 34 of them on August 16.

  • wilhelm.grobbelaar - 2012-09-13 14:36

    Please police just don't shoot the f@#$%ers. Its ok. Its legal for them to kill their colleagues - 2012-09-13 14:53

      In the Apartheid times JuJu would have been assassinated long ago by the security forces, thats how they operated, its a simple equation, Billions lost in mining and related industries, savage mobs running wild and reaping havoc, the country's stability deteriorating VS take 1 man out and restore peace in the country. What we are experiencing now is all directly related to JuJu's instigation of violence. Once person should never be allowed so much power, power to cripple a country - this is a call for the ANC/SAPS to step in and arrest/silence him now before its too late, Government must take back control now!

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-09-13 14:49

    So they killed 11 people and you are convinced they are not violent. I'd like to be the guy boinking your wife. Even if you catch them you'll be convinced nothing happened.

      tomupeyishe.gwata.7 - 2012-09-13 15:03

      bishop Jo Seoka!!!!!!!!

  • gary.guy.507 - 2012-09-13 14:52

    So now who feels sorry for those miners who got shot by the police .... not me!! Live by the sword, then die by the sword!

  • lielie.smit - 2012-09-13 14:53

    well, that must have been either a very sharp gun or damn good shooting to make hacking wounds on the poor guys head. MAybe it was Chuck Norris, he is that good.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-13 15:32

    Oh so what the whole world heard and witnessed on tv when they saw these miners wielding weapons was just our eyes playing tricks on us. The guy who had that large knife on his tongue who said he was going to kill and eat them alive that was also trick photography. Sorry, when you bring weapons to a protest it means be prepared for violence. These are all a bunch of murderers and I hope the blood on their hands haunts them till the day they die. The sympathy we gave them is long long gone. We see you are unhappy with your job you have made your statement now move off and let other people take on your jobs, they not fussy and more than willing to work. Move off.....shooo shooo go home and explain to your family why you cant put bread on the table. Ask your messiah

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