Lonmin shooting makes international headlines

2012-08-17 09:52

There’s been an international outcry over the killing of 45 protesters at the Lonmin mine in Marikana, North West.

Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa, says 35 people were killed in yesterday’s confrontation with police at the mine near Rustenburg.

In a video posted by Al Jazeera, last night’s fatal shooting is described as “a violent climax” to miners’ ongoing grievances.

ABC News described yesterday’s shooting, which happened after a group of miners carrying a range of weapons rushed through the underbrush towards a line of police officers, as the worst since the end of apartheid.

The website also described yesterday’s violence as “astonishing” in light of the stability that has characterised the country after the demise of apartheid.

Citing South Africa’s violent past, Tania Page, reporting for Al Jazeera, said: “Violence has become a language here in South Africa.”

The shooting was the lead story on CNN International and Sky News last night.

Police opened fire on miners after efforts to disband a gathering with water cannons, stun grenades and teargas failed.

President Jacob Zuma, who was scheduled to be in Maputo for a SADC regional meeting, is quoted as saying he is “shocked and dismayed at this senseless violence” and is reportedly on his way back to South Africa.

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