Massacre at the Mines


It was a moment that seemed pulled from South Africa's dark past. On Aug. 16, responding to growing unrest, police officers fired into a charging crowd of striking workers at a platinum mine in the town of Marikana. By the time the smoke cleared, 34 people had died in South Africa's worst labor-related violence since 1994, leaving the country shocked--and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) under a cloud of criticism.

The wildcat strike at Marikana was called by a radical miners' union demanding improvements in their abysmal working conditions. South Africa's biggest...

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