17 February 2018


THE OFFICIAL BOKONE BOPHIRIMA GOVERNMENT NEWSPAPER

Former AMCU members arrested over Marikana killings

by: Obakeng Maje   date: 13 February 2018

Bokone Bophirima Premier, Supra Mahumapelo, has welcomed the arrest of six more suspects linked to the recent spate of killings that have been taking place around Marikana.
 
Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula, announced on Sunday that the six have brought the number of suspects arrested so far to nine. 
"Last night [Saturday] we have taken down the brains behind the killings. We still have a few to chase," he told reporters in a press conference in Rustenburg.
The six suspects, who were arrested in Mooinooi, Wonderkop and Idutywa in the Eastern Cape, appeared briefly at Brits Magistrate’s Court on Monday and were remanded in custody until 21 February when they are likely to apply for bail. 
Mbalula said he was pleased with the arrests because they include some of the conspirators. 
"The fact of the matter is that from last year, within a short space of time, there is a progress and we are reporting to you that we have made a major breakthrough in relation to those who have been arrested, from Marikana [in Rustenburg] to the Eastern Cape, and there will be more arrests," he said.
They face charges of conspiracy to murder and attempted murder. 
 
Mahumapelo’s spokesperson, Brian Setswambung said a total of 11 murder cases were reported last year “and the police have been investigating these cases some of which are reported to be linked to AMCU infighting”.

The suspects - Lungisa Madiba (35), Juke Mjakane, (34), Sthembe Jakane, (41), Xolile Madikane, (39), Mthethelethu Mtshukuka, (34), and Zamelekhaya Mboxela, (35) - are accused of orchestrating hits on Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) leaders in Marikana, Wonderkop and Mooinooi. They are all believed to be former AMCU members. 

Some of the AMCU members killed in the area in a space of several months include Tholakele "Bhele" Dlunga, Mvelisi Biyela, Zingisa Mzendana, Mohahu Daniel Maseko, Mpeke Nonyana, and Mawethu Steven. 
Last year three other suspects, Nkosinathi Mantashe, Samkelo Mkhutshwa, and Simphiwe Silwane were arrested in connection with the attempted murder of branch chairperson of AMCU at Western Platinum, Malibongwe Mdazo. He was shot and wounded in Moonooi in July last year. 
Setswambung said Bokone Bophirima Provincial Government was working hard to restore peace in the platinum belt. 
“Tebogo Ramashilabele, who heads the Reconciliation, Healing and Renewal unit in the Office of the Premier will today [Monday] attend a meeting with the land claim committee in Marikana as part of the on-going efforts to ensure lasting stability in the area. This meeting is part of a series of meetings which the unit has convened in the area to ensure dialogue with stakeholders and to bring about lasting peace and stability,” Setswambung said.