Saturday, September 1, 2012

Fury as MINERS are charged murders of 34 fellow strikers who were filmed being shot dead by South African POLICE

South African prosecutors have sparked outrage after charging 270 miners with the murders of 34 of their striking colleagues who were shot dead by police.

The mass killing of the strikers at the Marikana mine this month was one of the most shocking incidents since the end of white rule in 1994.

And now the arrested miners have been charged under a law dating from the apartheid era that alleges they had a 'common purpose' in the murder of their co-workers.

The African National Congress, whose members used to be gunned down by apartheid police at protest rallies and targeted with draconian laws, has been severely criticised for using similar tactics now that it is in power.

President Jacob Zuma has seen his support erode, with his enemies saying he is more interested in getting close to industry and powerful labour groups than miners working deep underground.

Zuma, speaking at a congress of the Socialist International on Friday, did not comment on the murder charges.

His justice minister, Jeff Radebe, has demanded an explanation. Read More