One officer killed in Charlie Hebdo shooting was Muslim

French police have identified one of the two officers killed in the shooting attack at the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. The victim was a follower of Islam, media reported.

The 42-year-old Ahmed Merabet was shot at … Read the rest

Mandela’s legacy: the Shell House massacre

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by Dan Roodt

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Twenty years ago, on 28 March 1994, the ANC’s militia massacred a crowd of protesting Zulus in downtown Johannesburg, using automatic weapons against men armed only with … Read the rest

Victim’s ‘private parts displayed like a trophy’ during Shobashobane massacre

The 19 people massacred at Shobashobane as they were about to celebrate Christmas 1995 should be remembered as heroes whose blood was spilt so that we could enjoy our democracy today, said KwaZulu-Natal Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize.

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S. Africa’s Zuma urges peace on Marikana anniversary

President Jacob Zuma called for reflection to restore peace in South Africa’s mining industry Wednesday, days before the first anniversary of police shooting dead strikers in the Marikana tragedy.

Friday marks a year after police opened fire on thousands of … Read the rest

National Prosecuting Authority’s decision on Marikana miners welcomed

The Justice Ministry on Sunday welcomed the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) decision to withdraw murder charges against 270 Lonmin mineworkers.

“We welcome the decision but will await formal report as requested,” said Justice Minister Jeff Radebe.

The workers were initially … Read the rest

Mindless response to massacre in South Africa

by Ilana Mercer

On August 16, 36 striking miners were shot dead by South African Police Service officers at the site of the Lonmin Platinum Mine, at Marikana—northwest of this writer’s birthplace, Johannesburg.Seventy eight of the 3000 rioting strikers were … Read the rest

Many civilians massacred in Congo, say U.N. officials

Rival armed groups may have killed hundreds of civilians in massacres and other “incomprehensibly vicious” attacks in eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), senior U.N. officials said on Wednesday.

The violence is focused in North Kivu province … Read the rest

Amcu calls for independent commission of enquiry as mineworkers were ambushed at Marikana

The Association for Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has called for an independent commission of inquiry into the killing of 34 striking mine workers at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine, in Rustenburg.

“As much as the president of South Africa has … Read the rest

Two blacks drowned white child in boiling water

Two young black males gagged a crying 12-year old white boy and afterwards drowned him in a bath filled with boiling water. The accused yesterday admitted guilt to the murder with smiles as they appeared in the Vereeniging regional court,

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