The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has denied allegations of murder levelled against it from rival trade union, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).
Amcu has accused the NUM of killing its members in the North West province.
Amcu’s allegations come in the wake of the arrest of three men for the murder of Amcu branch leader, Malibongwe Mdazo, in Rustenburg on July 22. Mdazo was shot five times.
The shooting is believed to be linked to a turf war between the two unions.
One of the three men arrested is a member of the NUM. The three appeared in the Brits Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. However, the identity of the NUM-affiliated accused has not been released as a result of security concerns.
What is known about him is that he is a mineral process officer employed by Lonmin, and is a married father of three.
NUM has vigorously denied the allegations.
“We have accepted that Amcu is the majority union and we are also recruiting in the platinum belt. As the NUM we can’t go to the extent of killing workers,” NUM spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu said.
“When the NUM was founded in 1982 the first thing was to fight tribalism. So there’s no way we will encourage our members to kill to become the majority union in the platinum belt. We’ll never encourage our members to kill other workers to gain the majority.”
The NUM-affiliated accused has denied the allegations. His bail application is currently being heard by Magistrate Reagan Rosenberg.