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Marikana - A man was shot eight times and killed at the Marikana koppie, near Lonmin Platinum mine, North West police said on Friday.
“The man was gunned down on Thursday night between 7pm and 8pm. He was on his way to visit his girlfriend when four men came out of the bushes and shot at his car,” spokesman Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said.
He was hit once when he was driving, and when he got out of the car, the men fired another seven bullets at him and he died on the scene.
Ngubane said forensic experts were still on the scene by 8.30am on Friday morning.
He said the motive for the killing was unknown and said no one has been arrested.
National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) spokesman Lesiba Seshoka said the man was the union's branch chairman at the Western Platinum mine owned by Lonmin in Rustenburg.
“We are disturbed at the shooting. When someone is killed like that you should be very worried,” he said.
“We call for calm and call on members to be unprovoked by the shooting.” - Sapa