The arrest, says AMCU (the Association of Mineworkers & Construction Union), is in connection with the “brutal murder” of its member Thembinkosi Mhlabeni on 6 June 2016 at Northam Platinum’s Zondereinde operation.
According to AMCU, Mhlabeni was murdered whilst waiting at a designated area that management had instructed them to wait at.
The arrestees appeared at the Northam Platinum Magistrates Court on Friday, 24 June 2016 for the murder and were further denied bail by the court.
“The police’s reaction to the investigation along with the arrests of the suspects is encouraging. As a worker’s union we remain concerned at the conflict between members of the working class and urge all members come together to find a resolution,” the statement highlighted.
“We wish to make it blatantly clear that all non-AMCU members are not our enemies. We call for unity in the mining sector from all our fellow brothers and sisters, to fight for worker’s rights and a living wage. Those who stand against this process of emancipation are the true enemies in the sector,” it continued.
AMCU says that it condemns any worker who uses violence against other workers and leaders that slander other union leaders because they belong to another union.