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harmonyNetwerk24 reports that the regional manager of Harmony Gold’s Thsepong and Phakisa mine near Odendaalsrus in the Free State was shot dead on Thursday afternoon shortly after he left that company’s premises.  

Simphiwe Kubheka’s murder is widely believed in mining circles as having been an assassination in the ‘war’ between illegal miners (zama zamas) and the company.  Just outside the mine gates, a man apparently stepped in front of Kubheka’s car while another man came from the side and shot him twice in the head.  The attackers fled on foot and Kubheka died at the scene.   No one has been arrested.  Kubheka was known amongst his colleagues as someone who fought tooth and nail against corruption and did not hesitate to take action against illegal miners.  Harmony said in a statement that it has already strengthened safety precautions and was working closely with the police to apprehend the perpetrators. (Loosely translated from Afrikaans)

  • Read this report by Alet van der Walt in full in Afrikaans at Netwerk24 (limit on access)

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