Anger, labor struggles spread in South Africa
South Africans are “reeling in horror” at the killing of 34 miners by police August 16, which to many brought back the darkest memories of the country’s apartheid past. The African National Congress expressed similar horror and outrage at what is being called the “Marikana massacre,” according to Open Democracy.net.
Wading into a sea of platinum miners and their families, expelled African National Congress Youth League leader Julius Malema told the thousands who gathered at the site, near Rustenberg in the country’s north, where the miners were killed, that South African police had no right to fire live ammunition that took their lives, reported The Independent.
Malema “refused police offers of protection, and walked unarmed and unescorted into a large open field where the striking miners were waiting for him,” reported Open Democracy. After standing and applauding him Malema took to the microphone and criticized President Zuma for coming “last night” under the cover of darkness and only meeting with management. “He went to speak to the White people, not you,” Malema said. “It was not the White British people (an obvious reference to the British-owned mining company Lonmin) who were killed, it was you.” The Final Call...
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