Friday, June 26, 2015

NYT: Inquiry Blames South African Police in Killings of Miners at Marikana

NYT: South African President Jacob Zuma released the report of the inquiry in the killings at the Marikana mine back in 2012. Last year we also featured the story. The report puts the blame at the police, and absolved Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s deputy president since 2014, and at the time of the massacre a Lonmin non-executive board member and former leader of one of the unions. He has been accused by lawyers of victims and their families to have instigated the police to suppress the striking miners, who were members of a competing union. Now that he has been absolved, according to one reporter [], his path to the presidency may be open .

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