South Africa: Immigrant-Owned Shop Saved By Residents, Later Looted

[GroundUp] Looting of immigrant-owned shops continued on Friday in the Strand area. GroundUp reported earlier how the L’Gra shop in Greenfields, Lwandle, had been protected by the community from looting on Thursday. But on Friday, it fell victim too.

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Africa: The Human Cost of Africa’s Science Strategy

[SciDev.Net] Three years ago yesterday, 34 miners were shot dead by South African police during a strike for better wages and living standards at a mine owned by British multinational Lonmin. The Marikana massacre, the most violent use of state force in post-apartheid South Africa, and its subsequent cover-up have triggered widespread deba

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South Africa: South Africa – Marikana Perspectives, 1

[AfricaFocus] Almost three years after the killings by police of 44 striking miners at Marikana platinum mine, the official Commission of Inquiry last week released a bland 646-page report, faulting primarily police commanders and apportioning some blame as well among the striking miners themselves, the mining company Lonmin, and two rival unions. However, the Commission said there was not adequate evidence for the responsibility of higher officials

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