Monday, June 3, 2013

Union Chief Killed At South African Mine

A worker was shot dead on Monday at a Lonmin mine in South Africa, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said, in the latest unrest to hit the troubled platinum belt.

The shooting happened near the town of Marikana, 120 km (70 miles) northwest of Johannesburg, where police shot dead 34 miners in a single incident in August last year, the deadliest police action since the end of apartheid.

"One of our members was attacked with a gun in our office at Lonmin's Western Platinum mine," NUM spokesman Lesiba Seshoka said, adding the worker later died.