The world's biggest platinum producer said the worker, a
member of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union
(AMCU), was killed in a "violent outbreak" when police tried to
clear a barricaded road leading to the company's union mine in
the northern Limpopo province.
It did not provide further details and Limpopo police could not
be reached for comment.
The death of the AMCU steward is likely to keep tensions high in
the platinum mines, many of which have been at a standstill for
more than two weeks because of an AMCU-led strike to demand a
steep increase in wages.
Amplats said the strike was becoming violent, with more than 14
vehicles damaged by protesters since it started and one worker
in a critical condition in hospital after being assaulted at the
company's Khuseleka mine this week.
The two other companies affected by the strike are Impala
Platinum and Lonmin.
In August 2012, police shot dead 34 striking AMCU miners at
Lonmin's Marikana mine, South Africa's bloodiest security
incident since the end of apartheid nearly two decades ago.
(Reporting by Ed Cropley; editing by Tom Pfeiffer)
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