JOHANNESBURG - The lawyer for the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) says rival union members are out to kill its leaders in the Rustenberg platinum belt.
Three men arrested for the murder of Amcu leaders appeared in the Brits Magistrate's court on Thursday.
One of the men is believed to be a member of the rival National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).
Amcu’s attorney told the court he fears deadly violence between his union and the NUM has started again.
"There is no conclusion to arrive at except that members of NUM went out in seeking to kill members of Amcu,” attorney Andries Nkoma said.
Amcu has hired renowned private investigator Paul O’Sullivan to probe the murders.
Nkoma says Amcu is particularly confident in its case against accused number three.
Accused number three will be back in court on Friday to continue his bail application.
His lawyer didn’t want to comment.
Accused number three claims to be a member of NUM at Lonmin.
The NUM was not present in court for Thursday's proceedings.
Two of the accused will apply for bail on the 2 November.