Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
3 minute read
20 Aug 2021
4:52 pm

Death still stalks Marikana, as union recruiter gunned down in broad daylight

Sipho Mabena

There has been little peace in Marikana since August 2012, and Numsa warned that police must ensure the latest murderers are brought to book.

The rocky outcrop at Marikana where 34 miners were gunned down by police in August 2012. Picture: Bongiwe Mchunu/African News Agency

Fear has once again gripped the platinum belt in Marikana, North West, following the murder of volunteer recruiter for The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) Malibongwe Mdazo. The union believes his death may be directly linked to his attempts to recruit workers for the union at Implats mine, and have warned police that failure to arrest his killers could lead to further violence, should unionists start defending themselves. Marikana hasn't known much seen peace since police gunned down 34 miners and wounded 78 near Lonmin's platinum mine in August 2012, with a further 10 people reportedly killed...