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Sunday, 19 August 2012

NEWS


South Africa's police kill 34 miners 

Thirty-four people were killed in clashes between police and striking miners at a South African mine on Thursday, police said. Police opened fire after failing to disperse strikers armed with clubs and machetes at the Marikana mine.  

The Lonmin-owned platinum mine has been at the centre of a violent pay dispute, exacerbated by tensions between two rival trade unions.

The incident is one of the bloodiest police operations since apartheid.
Violence had already killed 10 people, including two police officers, since the strike began a week ago.

South African President Jacob Zuma has cut short a trip to Mozambique in order to visit the mine, which lies about 100km (62 miles) north-west of Johannesburg.

The powerful National Union of Mineworkers put the figure at 36, according to AFP news agency.

Police were sent to break up some 3,000 miners who had gathered on a hillside overlooking Marikana to call for a pay rise of about $1,000 (£636) a month.

The circumstances that led police to open fire remain unclear, but reports from eyewitnesses suggest the shooting took place after a group of demonstrators rushed at a line of police officers.

Police, armed with automatic rifles and pistols, fired dozens of shots, witnesses said.

One witness, Molaole Montsho, of the South African news agency Sapa, said police had first used water cannon, tear gas and stun grenades in an attempt to break up the protest.

"And then in the commotion - we were about 800m [2,600ft] from the scene - we heard gunshots that lasted for about two minutes," he said.

Police ministry spokesman Zweli Mnisi justified the actions of police, saying they had a right to defend themselves.

"We had a situation where people who were armed to the teeth, attack and killed others - even police officers," the spokesman said in a statement on Thursday night.

"What should police do in such situations when clearly what they are faced with are armed and hardcore criminals who murder police?"

He said an investigation into the incident had been opened.

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) accused the police of carrying out a massacre.

"There was no need whatsoever for these people to be killed like that," General Secretary Jeffrey Mphahlele told Reuters news agency.
A spokesman for President Jacob Zuma said he would be travelling to the site later on Friday.

"The president is concerned about the violent nature of the protest, especially given that the constitution and labour laws allow enough avenues to deal with issues, and is sympathetic to calls for a commission of inquiry," his spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

Earlier, a statement from the president said he was "shocked and dismayed at this senseless violence".

"We call upon the labour movement and business to work with government to arrest the situation before it deteriorates any further," it said.

AfricaNews Monitoring Team with files from BBC

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