A worker was shot dead at Lonmin’s Marikana mine, stirring worries of fresh labour tension in the troubled platinum belt, where a violent union dispute has raged over the past year.
Police said the shooting took place near a shaft where rival unions have offices, but would not speculate on whether it was related to a deadly turf battle between the National Union of Mineworkers and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union.
Lonmin spokesperson Sue Vey said: “The details and reasons for the shooting are not yet clear, but the SA Police Service is investigating.”
A 49-year-old Marikana worker was shot dead at the end of July, which prompted union leaders to say the violence had got out of hand in the area, which produces most of the world’s platinum.
More than 50 people have been killed in the platinum belt in the past year, including 34 strikers at Lonmin’s Marikana mine shot dead by police on August 16 2012 in the deadliest security incident since apartheid ended in 1994.
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