Report on the Latest Developments on the Marikana Massacre | Socialist Organizer

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The initial response of the government, COSATU, the SACP and the COSATU affiliated National Union of Mineworkers was first to launch a ruthless attack on the 28,000 mine workers who participated on the so-called wild-cat strike organised by the Association of Mining and Construction Union (AMCU) but most importantly on the massacred workers who they claimed had brought death to themselves because they were armed with knobkerries and machetes. The commissioner of Police, Mrs Riah Phiyega appealed to the people of South Africa not to sympathise with those who have been killed and also not to feel sorry for them but the 'poor policemen' who died. These statements sounded much too familiar especially for the majority of our people who came from a repressive Apartheid past.

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