Lonmin worker shot dead in Marikana

2013-07-30 07:29
(Lucky Nxumalo, City Press)

(Lucky Nxumalo, City Press)

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Johannesburg - A 49-year-old Lonmin worker was shot dead in Wonderkop near Marikana, North West police said on Tuesday.

"It is alleged that the victim was on his way to work when approached by unknown men who shot him with a firearm on the body and neck. The suspects allegedly fled the scene [in] a white Toyota Corolla with Gauteng province registration numbers," said Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone.

He said the motive of the shooting on Sunday night was unknown and no arrests were made.

"Preliminary investigations revealed four shots were fired and that the victim is a Lonmin employee."

He said it was not clear if the shooting was related to other murder cases in the area, or linked to a rivalry between National Union of Mineworkers' (NUM) and Association of Mineworkers' and Construction Union (Amcu) at the Lonmin platinum mine in Rustenburg.

In a separate incident, a taxi owner was shot dead and another man wounded at the Marikana taxi rank.

"It is alleged the victim who is a taxi owner was shot when he got out [of] his car while the other man was standing [near]by at the rank," said Mokgwabone.

The injured man was taken to hospital.

He said three men fired shots at the victims on Friday night.

"The motive of the incident is unknown at this stage; the incident is not linked to previous cases of murder that were reported in the area."
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