Union leader shot dead at Lonmin mine

Jun 03, 2013, 11:04 AM EDT
South African crime scene experts work at the scene of the shooting of a union leader who was killed inside the National Union of Mineworkers offices by two unknown gunmen, in Marikana on June 3, 2013.
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A local union offical has been shot dead at the National Union of Mineworkers’ offices at a Lonmin mine in South Africa, in the latest unrest to hit the troubled platinum belt. South African police say a second person was seriously wounded in the incident. The NUM is the minority union at Lonmin, with the rival Association of Mineworkers and Construction (Amcu) having more than 70% representation of the company’s 28,000 employees. Three NUM officials were fired from Lonmin on Friday after the company linked them to fraudulent membership deductions designed to bolster the NUM’s membership numbers.