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Vol 53 No 19

Published 21st September 2012

South Africa

Zuma hits back as mining unrest spreads

The Marikana massacre shocked South Africans and unnerved the markets but President Zuma tells the trades unions that he needs another term

A rousing welcome at a national trades union conference and a belated wage deal at the Marikana platinum mines are the first signs that President Jacob Zuma is fighting back. He has been under fire over his handling of the crisis at Lonmin’s platinum mine at Marikana, North-West Province, where police shot 34 striking miners dead on 16 August (AC Vol 53 No 17, The Marikana massacre). The worst state violence since the end of apartheid looked as if it might cost Zuma his chances of re-election as President of the governing African National Congress (ANC) at its December conference.

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