Submitted by Sargeant
So what’s going on in South Africa? Eighteen years after the election of a Black Government comes the news that the South African Police have killed 34 miners who were in the midst of an industrial dispute and were seeking a wage increase. These killings hearken back to the worst days of apartheid under the former white Government.
The miners worked at a platinum mine and this dispute was a relatively short one (one week) but there were ongoing clashes between rival trade unions which claimed the lives of 10 people including two policemen.
How could a demonstration provoke such a harsh response from Policemen who presumably have been trained to handle crowds given that South Africa recently hosted the World Cup?
What is troubling is that this incident has not provoked much condemnation in the rest of Africa and President Zuma has launched an inquiry. Based on his history one wonders whether Zuma was the right person to lead South Africa in the first place.
We will be hearing more about this in the coming days.