The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has confirmed that the legal team that defended the two (2) perpetrators of assassination attempts on its leadership in Rustenburg, is sponsored by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). The Union also points out that the convicted attackers were never members of AMCU as erroneously reported by the media and calls for the urgent prosecution of the remaining seven (7) of the original accused persons. The Union reports of an incident last night, where NUM members armed with spears were spotted at Lonmin’s Roland Shaft
On Monday (3 June 2019) at the High Court in Pretoria, Judge Bert Bam sentenced two (2) males to prison following attacks on the Lonmin Branch leadership of AMCU. While the one was handed a life sentence plus 70 years, the other accused received a sentence of 45 years for counts ranging from murder and attempted murder to the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.
AMCU applauds Judge Bam for the judgment and we believe that the quest for justice will prevail. AMCU again emphasises that the two convicted criminals were never members of AMCU, as was wrongfully reported by some media houses. In fact, they were never even 2
employees of any of the mines in the Rustenburg area as they were assassins from the Eastern Cape hired by the NUM.
In handing down judgment, Judge Bam heavily relied on the statements made during the trial by the seven others implicated in the case. These statements included references to payments made and instructions given to assassinate the AMCU leaders. It was said that a house used to accommodate the assassins in the Brits area, is allegedly the property of a member of the NUM.
AMCU is highly concerned about the fact that these seven (7) persons who clearly sponsored the violent attacks, were released. We share the concern of the honourable Judge Bam about their direct or indirect involvement in the attacks. It was stated in court that the NUM appointed the legal team representing the two convicted assassins as well as the seven accused who were released. The seven were confirmed to be members of the NUM, which was evident from the fact that they wore red NUM t-shirts during the trial.
Of even greater concern is the fact that one of the seven threatened the survivor of the assassination attempt, that “this is not the end”, implying that he will still be killed. A case has been opened in this regard.
Just last night AMCU leaders reported that a group of NUM members armed with spears were spotted at Lonmin’s Roland Shaft. The incident was immediately reported to Lonmin CEO Ben Magara. According to the reports, amongst the armed NUM members were the seven released during the earlier case. The incident is still being investigated.
AMCU committed significant financial resources in appointing private investigators to assist with the prosecution of the assassins. This included enlisting the expert assistance of well-known investigator Paul O’Sullivan. Similarly, we will spare no resource and we will not rest until all of these criminals are behind bars. It is now crystal clear that the sponsors of these heinous deeds are the NUM.