The Japan Times reported that South Africa’s platinum belt is still troubled by unrest a year after police brutality hit Marikana. As a result, Sisa Buyeye, branch secretary for South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), believes it’s only a matter of time before he, like two others involved in the NUM, is killed.
As quoted in the market news:
The latest victim, a National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) shaft leader, was gunned down in front of her house Monday — the second fatality in two weeks.
Mbulelo Nqapo was the first casualty, two months ago. A gang shot the local union leader in front of his NUM office June 3, just a few hundred meters from a Lonmin mine shaft. But his fate may have been sealed a year before.
While many union leaders went into hiding, Nqapo remained visible. His superior, NUM branch secretary Sisa Buyeye, feels it’s just a matter of time before he, too, is picked off.
“I am the target after him. They said, ‘Who’s next after Mbulelo?’ It’s me,” he said.