Hacked body found at S.Africa platinum mine

11 September 2012
South African mine workers walk to the Lonmin mine in Marikana to try and stop other miners from going to work
Thousands of South African mine workers walk on September 10 to the Lonmin mine in Marikana to try and stop other miners from going to work. The body of a man hacked to death was found at the Marikana platinum mine in South Africa where a protracted wildcat strike has already left 44 dead, local media reported Tuesday

The body of a man hacked to death was found at the Marikana platinum mine in South Africa where a protracted wildcat strike has already left 44 dead, police said Tuesday.

"A body of a man was found dead," said police spokesman Thulani Ngubane.

"He seems to be hit with sharp object," Ngubane told AFP.

"Whether killed yesterday or this afternoon we have no information," he added.

Eyewitness News radio reported the man had two deep cuts on the back of his head.

Striking workers kept media from getting close to the body.

Thousands of miners downed tools over a month ago demanding the owner of the mine, Lonmin -- the world's number three platinum producer -- increase their wages.

They have threatened non-strikers with death until wage negotiations were concluded.

Police shot dead 34 people at the mine on August 16, days after clashes between striking workers left 10 dead, including two policemen.