PRETORIA– The South African police say they have made a breakthrough in the killings in Marikana near Rustenburg in North West Province, believed to have been sparked by rivalry between two unions competing for support from mineworkers.
Police Minister Fikile Mbalula, accompanied by National Police Commissioner Kehla Sithole, told the media Sunday that police have arrested at least six kingpins in Marikana and three others in Eastern Cape Province.
Since 2012, more than 20 people have been killed in Marikana. The growing rivalry between The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM ) is believed to be behind the killings.
Mbalula said the arrested suspects included union leaders who had been ordering hits on rivals. He added that the suspects were expected to appear at the Brits Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
There’s been conflict in that particular union, AMCU, which resulted in the gunning of people, prominent leaders, nine of them died. What we are reporting to you is that we have arrested not just trigger-pullers, also the masterminds, who some of them are politicians, union leaders. We cannot say who are they, you will see them in court. There are gun hired ready assassin who are already arrested. And last night six people have been arrested, he said.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK