NUM branch secretary shot dead at Westplats mine : Saturday 6 October 2012

NUM branch secretary shot dead at Westplats mine

Saturday 6 October 2012 13:49

SABC

A branch secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) at Western Platinum mine (Westplats) near Rustenburg, has been shot and killed at his home in Marikana.


Dalivuyo Bongo was among those who took part in the Marikana commission of inquiry's 'in loco' inspection at Wonderkop near Marikana this week. Bongo helped in pointing out important sites to the commission during the inspection.


His death could be the latest one linked to the labour unrest at Marikana, which has cost about 45 lives already. NUM general secretary Frans Baleni confirms that Bongo was assassinated at his home around 5am.


According to Baleni, the police should be allowed to conduct a full investigation into the incident. He says they believe Bongo was eliminated because he had an important role to play in the commission of inquiry.


Bongo is said to have testified to the Marikana inquiry on Tuesday about what had happened on August 16, when 34 people were killed. At the time, he confessed that they were alerted by security guards on site about the police’s intention to kill the striking miners. He also noted that by the time they were getting ready to run away, they started hearing gunshots.



Bongo is said to have testified to the Marikana inquiry on Tuesday about what had happened on August 16, when 34 people were killed.

Meanwhile, dismissed Anglo Platinum mineworkers are gathering at the hill top near Nkaneng informal settlement, outside Rustenburg, where a miner was allegedly killed by police on Thursday. They are holding a prayer meeting in his honour.


Yesterday, the mine dismissed 12 000 mineworkers who have been on strike. They are demanding a basic monthly wage of R12 500. Protest leader Mametlwe Sebei has described the dead miner as a martyr of the struggle for decent wages and a better life for all.

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