MARIKANA, South Africa — The Congress of South African Trade Unions says a governing party councilor shot by police firing rubber bullets at the scene of a mine strike has died.
COSATU condemned the brutality of police who have been harshly criticized for the Aug. 16 shootings of 112 striking miners that left 34 dead.
It said African National Congress councilor Paulina Masuhlo was shopping Saturday near the Never Die Tavern at the miners’ shantytown of Lonmin platinum mine when police firing from a speeding armored car hit her and other women. Authorities have said the police were there to disarm striking miners.
COSATU said Masuhlo was rushed to the hospital after being shot and died there Wednesday. She is the 46th fatality in the violent strike rooted in union rivalry that Lonmin resolved Tuesday by agreeing to pay raises of up to 22 percent.