Suicide: man jumps into smelter

2011-05-03 00:00

A RICHARDS Bay aluminium shift worker died when he allegedly soaked himself in fuel, set himself alight and jumped into a smelter.

The apparent suicide happened on Friday night while the man was working the late shift at BHP Billiton Bayside aluminium smelter.

BHP Billiton South Africa spokesperson Johnny Dladla said the man was a contractor.

“It is with great sadness that Aluminium SA confirms the passing away of one of our contracting employees at the Bayside operations due to an apparent suicide on Friday,” said Dladla.

“Aluminium SA is working closely with TD Industrial to support the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased.”

Richards Bay SA Police Force spokesperson Captain Debbie Ferreira confirmed that an inquest docket has been opened.

A source said it is believed that the worker had an argument with his supervisor about his wages before he set himself alight and and jumped into the smelter.

Attempts to contact TD Industrial were unsuccessful.

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