South African police massacre striking miners
By Bill Van Auken; 17 August 2012 – WSWS
South African police opened fire with automatic weapons on striking platinum miners in the country’s North West province on Thursday, killing at least 30.
Other reports cite a death toll as high as 40.
Corpses were strewn on the ground after a three-minute hail of gunfire. Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa told the media, “A lot of people were injured and the number keeps on going up.”
The mass killing came on the sixth day of a strike by miners at Marikana operations of the British-owned Lonmin