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gavel thumb100 ANA reports that six former members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) appeared briefly amid tight security at the Brits Magistrates’ Court on Monday.  

They were arrested on Saturday night in what Police Minister Fikile Mbalula described as a major breakthrough in killing incidents in Marikana.  The prosecutor applied that the accused should be added to the charge sheet of three other accused, who were previously arrested and have already appeared in court.  The case was postponed to 21 February for the accused to appoint attorneys.  The state is expected to oppose their bail application.  The former Amcu members allegedly resigned from the union last year, and are alleged to have been part of plans to eliminate Amcu members.  A number of Amcu members were killed in September last year, with at least 11 cases of murder and attempted murder reported in the North West platinum belt between May and October last year.  Nine people were killed and two others were targeted and almost killed.  The majority of the victims were reported to have been members of Amcu.  The killings in the platinum belt have been suspected by some to have been orchestrated by trade unions fighting for control

  • Read this report in full at The Citizen
  • Read too, North West premier welcomes arrests linked to union killings, at The Citizen

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