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Another Lonmin employee shot dead

A female shop steward affiliated with the NUM has been shot dead outside the mine’s Rowland shaft.

A female shop steward affiliated with the NUM has been shot dead outside the mine’s Rowland shaft. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Almost a year to the day since the Marikana shooting's, there are renewed fears of fresh labour unrest in the troubled platinum mining belt, with yet another shop steward being murdered on Monday.

The female Lonmin employee was shot dead outside the Rowland shaft in the afternoon.

The victim was affiliated to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), which has been at loggerheads with rivals, the Association on Mineworkers and Construction of Union (Amcu), since last August.

Police say it's still unclear what led to the murder.

Lonmin's Sue Vey has condemned the on-going violence.

"We call for calm and ensuring that this week proceeds in peace and stability."

Monday marks exactly one year since South Africans heard about two Lonmin security guards who had been killed and set alight by striking miners.

MARIKANA COMMISSION WOES

To date no one has taken responsibility for the violence which made headlines around the world.

The Marikana Commission of Inquiry was once again postponed a week ago because funding for advocate Dali Mpofu's team had not yet materialised.

Mpofu, who is representing the arrested and injured miners, is fighting for state funding in order to continue representing them at the inquiry which is investigating the violence that erupted at Lonmin's platinum mine last year.

Government is funding the police's legal team.

Mpofu said it's only fair that all parties are equally represented at the inquiry.

POLICE CAN BE TRUSTED - PHIYEGA

On Sunday, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega, while commemorating last year's tragedy, assured South Africans that they need not fear the police.

Phiyega spoke at a church in Langa in Cape Town, telling congregants that the consequences of Marikana have had a deep impact on the country and especially its police force.

Phiyega said many questions still needed to be answered.

"I hope all participants in the commission will do all they can so that affected families and communities can find closure. Law abiding communities should neither fear nor hate the police."

She defended the police's actions and said she hopes one day the country will reach a point where her officers, the mining community and the public can live together in harmony.