A National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) leader in Marikana was allegedly gunned down earlier today, a day after the Marikana Massacre commemoration events in the area.
The member, who cannot be named as his family has not yet been informed, was allegedly killed on his way to meet with a union colleague.
The leader, who was allegedly one of several who left the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union earlier this year and rejoined NUM was apparently warned recently that his life was in danger.
Desmond Mfuloane, NUM Rustenburg regional secretary said the union was informed of the matter but was still verifying all the details.
The two unions’ rivalry in the area had previously led to losses of lives and, five years ago, was said to have contributed to the disastrous strike at Lonmin that eventually led to 34 miners gunned down by police.
North West provincial spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone confirmed the incident but would not divulge the name of the victim.
“Following an incident in which a 30 year old man was shot and killed at approximately 11:00 today at Marikana town, police are investigating a case of murder. The victim was allegedly shot by a male whose identity is unknown. At this stage, no one has been arrested.” Mokgwabone said.