Crime scene tampering at Marikana: Commissioner knew

National police commissioner Riah Phiyega knew there was evidence to suggest that one of the crime scenes where 34 protesters were shot dead by police on August 16 had been tampered with, the Farlam Commission of Inquiry heard on Monday.… Read the rest

Mining deaths a joke to police chief

Riah Phiyega

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega reportedly laughed and joked as footage of the killing of 34 miners in a clash with police was screened at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, The Times reported on Wednesday.

Phiyega reportedly joked … Read the rest

Afrikaners will be blamed for Marikana too

Piet Swanepoel responds to R.W. Johnson’s article on the Marikana, Sharpeville and the Pondo uprisings.

Johnson’s article was very interesting and deserves to be read by anyone trying to make sense of events in Africa.

Like Johnson I also trace … Read the rest

Miners shot in the back says lawyer

Fourteen of the 34 Lonmin platinum miners killed by the police in August were shot in the back, a judicial inquiry into the Marikana shooting heard on Monday.

“All fatal projectile wounds were sustained from the back,” advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza … Read the rest

Russia the only country speaking of SA atrocities

by Avigdor Eskin, translated from the Russian by Karlinka Bismark

Russia is the only country that speaks of the atrocities of Africans in South Africa.

Avigdor Eskin stirred the world, with 34 striking miners at a platinum mine in Marikana … Read the rest

Marikana massacre scene inspected

By Genevieve Quintal and Jonisayi Maromo

A judicial inquiry into the shooting of striking Lonmin platinum workers at Marikana in August concluded an inspection on Monday of the hills where the workers were killed.

Two North West crime scene experts … Read the rest

South Africa losing investor confidence

A toxic mix of government stasis, creaking infrastructure and social unrest is prompting doubts about South Africa’s stability in a continent with too many economic scare stories.

It may, in the end, be events on a dusty patch of Highveld … Read the rest

SA mining trapped in the 19th century – Ramphele

South Africa needs to dig itself out of a 19th-century mining business model, academic Mamphela Ramphele said on Wednesday.

Speaking at a media briefing ahead of an international leadership education conference in Cape Town, she said a failure to change … Read the rest

South African mining crisis puts traditional unions on the spot

The violent crisis that has shaken South Africa’s mines shows workers’ distrust for traditional trade unions, up to now the guardians of social peace despite the country’s deep inequality.

Miners this week clawed record salary increases of 22 percent from … Read the rest

Two more miners killed by police, one dragged by armoured car

RUSTENBURG, South Africa (AP) — Days after soldiers were deployed, South African President Jacob Zuma’s office announced Thursday he has ordered military forces to assist police trying to control labor unrest in the nation’s crucial mining sector. Despite resolution of … Read the rest

South African President Jacob Zuma deploys troops in the country

The SA National Defence Force has officially been deployed domestically from September 14 until next year in Marikana “and other areas of the country where needed”, the Presidency said in a statement on Thursday.

The Presidency said in a short … Read the rest