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Thousands down tools at South Africa mine

Thousands of mine workers have downed tools at South Africa’s Lonmin mine after a union leader was shot dead in the restive platinum belt at the weekend, a company official said.

“Lonmin operations are suspended this morning due to an illegal work stoppage,” Sue Vey, a spokeswoman for Lonmin told, told the AFP news agency on Tuesday, adding that work had stopped at all of the firm’s 13 shafts in the northwestern Rustenburg mining town.

Al Jazeera’s Tania Page, reporting from Johannesburg, tweeted that Lonmin management were unsure about the motives behind the strike, but that protests were peaceful.

The workers were singing and dancing on the streets, according to a witness.

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