The shooting of Richards Bay Minerals GM highlights the spectre of bloodshed looming over the mine

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Richards Bay Minerals general manager Nico Swart, who was shot dead on Monday morning. Picture: Rio Tinto
Richards Bay Minerals general manager Nico Swart, who was shot dead on Monday morning. Picture: Rio Tinto

When Rio Tinto's Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) general manager for operations Nico Swart was gunned down on his way to work on Monday morning, it raised anxieties that recent spates of violence, intimidation and killings that have dogged the mine may be resurfacing.

RBM, situated in in KwaZulu-Natal, has confirmed that Swart was killed in a shooting incident on Monday morning.

Swart was 47 years old and served as a RBM employee for 14 years. He is survived by his wife and two children. The company expressed condolences to his friends, family and colleagues.

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