More striking miners shot in South Africa

More striking miners shot in South Africa

It has been reported that four striking miners have been shot by security guards using rubber bullets at the Aurora goldmine in South Africa. It is alleged that shots were fired to break up clashes between strikers and scabs.

A police spokesperson said that:

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“Four miners have been shot, and four people have been arrested for public violence.”

The goldmine is said to be owned by the nephew of the President, Jacob Zuma, and also the grandson of Nelson Mandela. It is being reported that the miners have not been paid for two years.

This follows the massacre two weeks ago of 34 striking miners at the Lonmin Marikana platinum mine.

Trouble at the Aurora mine has escalated since former ANC politician Julius Malema made a speech at a rally over the weekend. As well as the expected anti-Zuma and anti-government rhetoric, Malema said that he would make South African mines ‘ungovernable’.

More details to follow, as they emerge

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working class s...
Sep 3 2012 14:36

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Steven.
Sep 3 2012 20:38

Just a note that Julius Malema isn't an ANC politician, he was expelled from the party for singing "shoot the Boer", which they said was hate speech.

(And on and editing note, the "violence" tag is for theoretical articles about political violence, so I will update that now)

Havaan
Sep 3 2012 20:42

not been paid for two years, is that a typo?

working class s...
Sep 3 2012 20:43

Changed it to former ANC politician

working class s...
Sep 3 2012 20:59

No its not a typo. Deatils of the story remain a bit sketchy, but all news sources are reporting that the workers have not been paid for two years,

Harrison
Sep 4 2012 02:32

just a note, but Julius Malema is an opportunist anti-worker 'leftist' politician, and that it is worth reading Ayanda Kota's article about him for the paper of the militant shack dwellers movement Abahlali baseMjondolo.

http://abahlali.org/node/8116

I'd be surprised if he is in any way the cause behind this, and i'm more inclined to suspect that he is attempting to ride a wave of popular worker anger for electoral purposes.

Steven.
Sep 4 2012 08:29
Harrison wrote:
just a note, but Julius Malema is an opportunist anti-worker 'leftist' politician, and that it is worth reading Ayanda Kota's article about him for the paper of the militant shack dwellers movement Abahlali baseMjondolo.

http://abahlali.org/node/8116

I'd be surprised if he is in any way the cause behind this, and i'm more inclined to suspect that he is attempting to ride a wave of popular worker anger for electoral purposes.

that's exactly right. He's just a populist

Iskra
Sep 6 2012 07:12

Every time I read about South Africa I can just hear Special AKA Free Nelson Mandela in my head.