Tragic fighting at mine
THE dwindling global sales of the platinum mining sector worldwide is being manifested in tragic consequences here.
The violence and death of 10 people at Lonmin's Western Platinum mines in Marikana conjure up scenes of the bloody unrest during the 1980s.
Reports attribute the conflict to rival unions - the National Union of Mineworkers and Association of Mineworkers and the Construction Union -fighting for membership.
Lonmin is the third mine at which conflict has resulted in deaths. Three people died when protests erupted at Impala Platinum and three more at Aquarius Platinum in January.
These incidents indicate a deeply embedded problem. It is easy to manipulate disgruntled people under horrible working conditions and exploitative salaries turn men into animals as brother slays brother.
It is sad that unions point fingers at one another instead of addressing the problem.