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Worker hacked to death on platinum belt

Tensions in the platinum sector are high, with strike action in its fourth month.

Tensions in the platinum sector are high as two other mineworkers were killed at the weekend. Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A mineworker has been hacked to death near the Lonmin platinum mine in the North West where strike action is in its fourth month.

Two others were injured and are receiving treatment for multiple stab wounds.

The police's Thulane Ngubane said, "At 5am a 60-year-old man was found dead with multiple stab wounds and was a Lonmin worker."

Ngubane said the cases of two other mineworkers who were killed over the weekend are unrelated to the Lonmin strike.

A mineworker and his wife were found dead on Saturday morning in their house after being tied up and strangled by intruders.

Another worker was killed when an illegal shebeen he was running was set alight while he was still inside. The man burnt to death.

Meanwhile, National Union of Mineworkers's Livhuwani Mammburu said more needed to be done to protect workers.

"Since the strike started in January it has been extremely violent. We have called on the police and the mine security to protect our members and employees."