One Dead Following Violent Protest at Amplats Mine

Bloomberg reported that a shop steward for South Africa’s Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) is dead following a violent protest at one of Anglo American Platinum Ltd.’s (OTCMKTS:AGPPY) mines. AMCU President Joseph Mathunjwa said in a statement that he was “shot by police.”

As quoted in the market news:

Police investigating smoke at a settlement next to the mine were attacked and pelted with stones, Hangwani Mulaudzi, a spokesman for the police in Limpopo, said by phone. It hasn’t yet been determined whether the victim was an employee of the mine and the cause of the death is being investigated, he said.

The violence was at the Union mine, near the town of Northam in the country’s northwest, Anglo American Platinum, the biggest producer of the metal, said in an e-mailed response to questions. ‘Our medical teams are on the scene to attend to any injuries,’ it said.

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