So. Africa: Union says branch leader at Lonmin shot dead in suspected turf war between competing unions in the mining sector

Author: Ed Stoddard & Paul Tait, Reuters, Published on: 22 January 2018

"South Africa's NUM union says branch leader at Lonmin unit shot dead", 19 Jan 2018

South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Friday that its branch chairman at Eastern Platinum Mine, a unit of Lonmin, was shot by unknown assailants and subsequently died in hospital. The shooting is the latest in a spate of such incidents on the platinum belt, which has been the scene of an often violent turf war between NUM and its arch rival the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), underscoring the social risks of investing in South Africa’s mining sector...Lonmin spokeswoman Wendy Tlou said the company’s head of security “has confirmed a murder and attempted murder. We are still awaiting official information from the police and don’t know the motive at this stage”. Several AMCU members were shot dead on the platinum belt last year, while NUM members have also been attacked. The houses and cars of NUM members at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalthu mine were torched in the gold sector late last year.

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Related companies: Lonmin Lonmin Platinum (part of Lonmin)