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Police fire on striking South African miners

Police fire on striking South African miners

PRETORIA — South African police fired rubber bullets and tear gas today at striking Amplats miners who were protesting against a union-brokered deal to end a six-week wildcat walkout at the top platinum producer. One protester was dragged away bleeding heavily and unable to walk, and was treated by paramedics, a Reuters witness said. The […]

13 held over Nigeria killings

Lagos – Investigators in Nigeria say they have taken 13 people into custody after a mob attacked four students and burned them alive – killings that were videotaped and posted online. A gruesome video on YouTube that showed the killings led to several arrests, police say. The video shows several men on the dirt, writhing […]

South Africa to crack down on striking miners

South Africa to crack down on striking miners

PRETORIA — South Africa’s government has announced a raft of measures to clamp down on continuing unrest in the mining sector.

It warned it would crack down “very swiftly” on anyone involved in an illegal gathering or carrying weapons.

However, Ju

ANC calls for national mining strike

ANC calls for national mining strike

PRETORIA — The leader of a major protest by South African platinum miners called today for a national strike in the sector, deepening an industrial crisis that is evolving into the biggest threat to the ruling ANC since it came to power in 1994. “On Sunday, we are starting with a general strike here in […]

Report: South African miners threatened

PRETORIA — Miners are being intimidated into staying away from work at the South African mine where 34 people were recently shot dead by police, the owners say. Lonmin said just 13 per cent of workers have reported for duty today and that miners have been threatened. Hundreds of miners have reportedly gathered outside the […]

Fallen miners mourned

Fallen miners mourned

PRETORIA — South Africans held a memorial service today at a platinum mine where police shot dead 34 strikers, bloodshed that revived memories of apartheid-era violence and laid bare workers’ anger over enduring inequalities since the end of white rule. Some 500 people crammed into a marquee pitched at the platinum mine, near what has […]

Threats of firing miners dropped

Threats of firing miners dropped

PRETORIA — Mining giant Lonmin has dropped its threat to fire workers who failed to return to work at a South African mine after deadly clashes last week. The decision came after the South African government appealed to the firm to withdraw the ultimatum for workers at the Marikana mine. Last week, police shot dead […]

Brutal shooting leaves shock

killing of 34 raises questions about apartheid

CAPE TOWN — The police killing of 34 striking platinum miners in the bloodiest security operation since the end of white rule cut to the quick of South Africa’s psyche today, with searching questions