Amcu member gunned down
ANOTHER Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) member has been killed.
Mvelisi Biy ela, Amcu’ s health and safety of ficer, was gunned do wn a t the Lonmin mine villa ge of Wonderkop in the North West on Friday night.
According to a statement from the union, Biyela was killed outside his house in front of his wife and six-year-old daughter.
“His killing has left us chilled, shaken but steadfast in our determination to defeat this outrage.
“Those tha t think their cowardice can defeat this mighty union, b uilt on the spirit of many tha t have paid the ultimate price, spilt their b lood, must think again.
“We will not be intimidated. We will not be cowed.
“(The la test) killing tells us that a war has been dec lared against Amcu,” the union said in a statement, vowing to fight back by mobilising more members.
“We will fight with a muc h greater weapon: the unity of Amcu, the unity of mineworkers, the unity of the w orking class,” the union said.
“It is quite outra geous tha t the killing of our members continues, now on a daily basis with no r esponse fr om the sta te, the mining industry or the media.
“Once again we are reminded of the a partheid sta te’s thir d force campaign a gainst the democratic forces of this country.
“We w onder w hether a ne w campaign is being unleashed b y the state and its allies against our militant and independent union.
“Our members will not be slaughtered lik e f lies. W e will fight back and we will fight hard.” The union said it w ould hold a press conference to launch a campaign of rolling mass action “to defeat the campaign to kill our union and its leadership”.
Union pr esident J oseph Mathunjwa was not available for comment at the time of going to press.