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Women of Marikana: 'We need help from the government as our brothers and sisters are killing each other'

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) has had to re-enforce police presence in Nkaneng informal settlement in Marikana following three deaths of Lesotho nationals in the area, says the SAPS.
The South African Police Service (SAPS) has had to re-enforce police presence in Nkaneng informal settlement in Marikana following three deaths of Lesotho nationals in the area, says the SAPS.
Steven van Heerden

They work in the belly of the earth and all they wanted was something tangible to pass on to their loved ones as proof of their toil and sacrifice.

But the celebration that followed the paying out of share dividends to miners was short-lived as a group of people was robbed and the robberies turned into a tribal war dividing Sotho and Xhosa speakers in the area.

This is according to a woman whose identity is known to Drum but has been withheld for her safety.

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