Its said week for the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) after a man identified as Mvelisi Biyela‚ was shot dead outside his home in Wonderko.
According to a statement obtained by the Times from the union, Mvelisi was said to have been shot dead in front of his wife and six-year-old daughter. Prior to his death, he served as the union’s health and safety office bearer at Lonmin.
“His killing has left us chilled‚ shaken but steadfast in our determination to defeat this outrage. Those that think their cowardice can defeat this mighty union built on the spirit of many that have paid the ultimate price‚ spilt their blood‚ left us with just their bones‚ must think again. We will not be intimidated. We will not be cowered‚” said AMCU president Joseph Mathunjwa.
“Yesterday’s killing tells us that a war has been declared against AMCU and if it is war‚ then let it be known we can fight. We don’t have‚ nor do we believe in killing machines to wage war. We will not fight with bullets‚ guns and anonymous hitmen but with mass action. We will fight with a much greater weapon: the unity of AMCU‚” Mathunjwa warned‚
“We wonder whether a new campaign is being unleashed by the state and its allies against our militant and independent union. We wonder if this is a continuation of the dirty tricks campaign led by President Zuma and the NIA when they sponsored the building of an opposition union‚ WAU‚ aimed at defeating AMCU?” Mathunjwa said.
He warned that the union’s members would not be “slaughtered like flies” and would fight back.
“Over the last months more than five leaders have been killed. No arrests have taken place. AMCU conducted a private investigation and the assailants with evidence was handed to the police‚” he said.
The Police are currently investigating the matter.