Four miners from Marikana have come-out to the media stating that they fear for their lives amid claims that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) is enabling killings, or hits, on the platinum belt.
According to the miners, who wish to remain anonymous, they have been forced to exile themselves due to tensions in the area. They say that union leaders are not protecting those who speak out against corruption on the mine.
At least 10 people, including members of the union's Lonmin branch leadership, have been killed in the last five years.
In the latest incident, just two weeks ago, Tholakele Bhele Dlunga was shot outside his home in Wonderkop.
“People who supported the notion of new comrades in leadership did not live long, they were told that they will be killed like flies and indeed they were assassinated,” one of the miners said.
This man is among the AMCU members who’ve fled the platinum belt. He claims that anyone who took a stance against corruption in the union has been killed or at least had an attempt on their lives.
He also alleges that the union’s failure to hold an elective congress since its inception has played a major role in inciting the blood bath.
“If you ever question the head office on the alleged corruption in that level of leadership, you’re in trouble.”
The miners reached out to the media saying they believed they needed to speak out before they too were killed.
They have called for police to investigate thoroughly and re-establish peace on the platinum belt after the union announced last month that forensic investigator Paul O'Sullivan would probe the apparent assassinations.
AMCU’s general secretary Jeff Mphahlele maintains that the recent killings on the platinum belt are being committed by people outside the union and infighting is not to blame.
“There are no infightings within AMCU; our pointers are showing that this is coming from outside, from a disgruntled few members whom we believe might have been used to destabilise AMCU.
AMCU says its opened itself up for scrutiny as part of its mandate to private investigator Paul O’Sullivan, who has been roped in to investigate the murders in Marikana.
It’s also put up a R100,000 reward for information that may lead to any successful convictions.