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No arrest in Amcu member’s murder in Rustenburg

RUSTENBURG, September 20 – No arrest has been made following the murder of an Amcu member at Impala near Rustenburg, North West police on Wednesday.
 
“Police are investigating a murder at Luka village, Mogono section. This incident happened on Tuesday, [19 September 2017] at about 17:00. The deceased  is 35-years-old, working at Impala. He was allegedly coming from work at Mogono section and was shot dead. No one has been arrested, police investigations continues,” said Lieutenant Colonel Adele Myburgh.
 
The Association of Mineworkers and Construction (Amcu) said its member was gunned down at Impala and another man wounded at Lonmin in Marikana near Rustenburg on Tuesday.
 
“Today, [Tuesday] comrade, Mohahu Daniel Maseko was shot dead, riddled with five bullets and comrade Kwenene was attacked by two assassins, one with a shotgun and another with a pistol, he has been rushed to hospital,” union president Joseph Mathunjwa said.
 
“Our prayers are with him as he battles for his life. Our grief is with the family and loved ones of comrade Maseko. We send our heartfelt condolences.”
 
North West police confirmed the shooting in Marikana. Lieutenant-Col Myburgh said the incident occurred at Wonderkop hostel at 6am.
 
“Three unidentified men were seen fleeing from the scene. The victim is currently in hospital. No one has been arrested and investigation into the matter continues,” she said.
 
The police were investigating a case of attempted murder. 
 
Mathunjwa called for peace, saying acts of violence have to be condemned by all, not just the union leadership.
 
“The workers movement must unite against this campaign of violence which will eventually see the death of the entire labour movement. We must fight for peace amongst workers, regardless of language, colour, political or union affiliation. As Amcu we will not rest until this campaign of violence is defeated. 
 
“We again do not wish to speculate on the motive for the attempted murder of our comrade. The SAPS [SA Police Service] must investigate and bring the perpetrators to book. However, the world must know things are getting out of control…
 
“This looks very much like the third force violence the apartheid state unleashed on the democratic and workers movement during the negotiations for a political settlement.”
 
This is the second Amcu member to be killed in a week at Impala.
 
On September 12, Mpeke Nonyana, 49, the branch treasurer of Amcu at Number Six was gunned down. He was shot several times near the union offices.
 
-African News Agency (ANA)

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