Amcu mem­ber gunned down

The Sunday Independent - - NEWS - STAFF RE­PORTER

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.

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