Johannesburg - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) on Tuesday called for peace in the North West platinum belt following the murder of its branch secretary.

“We are not a violent union and will not encourage people to take the law into their own hands,” Amcu leader Joseph Mathunjwa told reporters in Johannesburg.

“As such we plead with all our members to allow law enforcement agencies to conduct their investigations and hold those responsible to justice.”

Mathunjwa claimed Bongani “Bhayi” Mehlonkomo was killed two weeks after the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) “resolved to incite” its members to fight against Amcu members.

“This clandestine resolution and pronouncement conveniently coincided with the murder of our branch secretary in Rustenburg two weeks later.

“We cannot help notice without apportioning blame that such utterances opportunistically preceded the killing of our leader in Rustenburg by an organised hit squad,” said Mathunjwa.

He called on the NUM to retract the statement, saying it was likely to spread further violence in the mining sector.

Mehlonkomo was shot dead on July 23 in Wonderkop near Marikana. - Sapa