Rustenburg – The murder of a National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) member in Marikana on Friday 1 November has cast a dark shadow over the labour body’s upcoming national rally in the area.
Kaizer Lungisa Madiba was gunned down near Rowland shaft on his way to work.
His murder has stoked fears of an escalation of the fierce rivalry between NUM and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Workers Union (AMCU).
NUM is scheduled to host its national rally in Marikana on Sunday 17 November and there are speculations by those affiliated to the labour body that the murder could be an attempt to soil the meeting.
The rally is geared at rekindling NUM, which lost its status as the majority union in the Platinum belt to AMCU at the height of 2012 violent wildcat strikes.
Police spokesperson captain Sam Tselanyane told Platinum Weekly that their investigations into Kaizer’s murder will only focus on criminal aspects.
“Our investigators are yet to confirm how many cartridges were recovered from the crime scene. For now, we cannot confirm how many shots were fired at the diceased.
We are establishing the identities of the people who killed this man. That he was a member of a certain union and killed because of differences between two or three unions, is speculation,” he added.
No arrests have been made yet.
In January 2018, NUM member Mninawe Bazooka Deleki was shot and killed at his house in Bapong. At the time of his death, Mninawe was the union’s branch chairperson at Eastern Platinum Mine.
AMCU members have also lost some of their members in violent circumstances.
Dlunga Tholokele, was the last AMCU member to be shot and killed. Dlunga was killed at his shack in Nkaneng in October 2017.
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