Johannesburg, South Africa — 13 August 2013
A worker has been shot dead at platinum producer Lonmin’s Rowland shaft, near Rustenburg in South Africa, stirring worries of fresh labour tension in the troubled platinum belt where a violent union dispute has raged over the past year.
BDlive quotes police as saying that the shooting took place near a shaft where rival unions had offices, but would not speculate on whether it was related to a deadly turf battle between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU).
The worker was identified as an NUM shop steward, though police could not immediately confirm this. Lonmin spokeswoman Sue Vey said: “The details and reasons for the shooting are not yet clear but the South African Police Service is investigating.”
NUM spokesman Lesiba Seshoka said in a statement: “We are disappointed that amid the increasing assassinations in Marikana and the broader Rustenburg area, there has not been any progress with regard to the arrest and prosecution of the suspects.”
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 last year.
“While many of the suspects are known to the police, none has been arrested or prosecuted,” Seshoka said. He added that the union was disappointed in Lonmin, which had instructed shop stewards to return to work even though the NUM had warned that it was not safe.
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