RUSTENBURG, September 13 – No arrest has yet been made following the murder of an Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) official in Rustenburg, North West police said on Wednesday.
“The police are investigating a case of murder. No arrested has been made. The motive is not known,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Amanda Funani.
Mpeke Nonyana, 49, the branch treasurer at Number Six shaft of Impala Platinum Mine in Rustenburg was gunned down on Tuesday morning near the union’s office. He was shot several times.
Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa condemned the murder and said he was disappointed that no one has been arrested in connection with the murder of Nonyana.
“It is not for us to speculate on the motive for the killing. Whatever they are, nothing can justify the taking of another’s life. Now, for workers to be killed by cowardly assassins is absolutely unacceptable,” he said.
Mathunjwa appealed for the killings to stop.
“We will continue to make more efforts in continuing to go to every shaft/ branch to address workers about this senseless killing that seeks to undermine the gains that we fought for in the 2014 five-months strike.
“We do this in the knowledge that we need peace amongst workers. We need unity, despite any perceived differences, language, nationality, status, affiliation.”
Amcu North West region chairperson Jack Khoba said Nonyana was gunned down at the parking area near Amcu offices.
“A Toyota Tazz stopped near him and a man shot him several times before the car drove off. No one was able to take the registration number of that car. It is sad. He was a quiet person.”
Nonyana was from Lesotho.
– African News Agency (ANA)