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Monday, August 20, 2012

South Africa: "Behind the violence is a power struggle for greater influence on the part of miners''

From The Independent
By Alex Duval Smith

''In the wake of the shocking killings of the Marikana protesters, a lingering question remains: how could post-apartheid-era South African officers have used such force against protesters?

A big part of the answer lies hidden in the forces currently driving South African politics: President Jacob Zuma's desire to be re-elected as president of the African National Congress and to serve a second term as president of the country.''

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