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South Africa Lonmin Killings: Anger Over Missing Miners

Women have been going from hospital to hospital looking for relatives

Many families of miners caught up in violence at a platinum mine in South Africa are unaware of their fate, two days after 34 people were killed when police opened fire at striking workers.

Angry relatives complain that police and mine management have failed to produce a central register of the dead.

At least 78 people were also injured and more than 200 people arrested.

A police spokesman has told the BBC efforts were being made to contact people, but it would take some time.

Earlier, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma announced an inquiry into Thursday clashes, calling the deaths there “tragic”.

The circumstances that led police to open fire remain unclear, but reports from eyewitnesses suggest the shooting took place after a group of demonstrators, some holding clubs and machetes, rushed at a line of police officers.

Police, armed with automatic rifles and pistols, fired dozens of shots.

“I am convinced that the Commission of Inquiry will uncover the truth and facts will emerge,” he said in a statement after meeting police and injured workers.

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11 Responses to South Africa Lonmin Killings: Anger Over Missing Miners

  1. princess

    August 18, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    May God give strength to the families.

  2. lamfras

    August 18, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Good move by the police. let discipline be instilled in these idiots

  3. cheris

    August 18, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    too bad for the families

  4. Jere

    August 18, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    THERE IS ALWAYS A BETTER
    WAY OF DOING THINGS !
    LESSON TO THOSE WHO DARE
    THE POLICE !

    BEING CONFRONTATIONAL
    IS BEING STUPID !

    HOPEFULLY UPND HAS LEARNT
    SOMETHING !

  5. kakolwe

    August 19, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Lives lost in this manner can never be justified in any way. The police & the army are trained to protect the citizenry. YES!Protect them even from’themselves’. Now they open fire on the untrained citizens. Sad. Even the brutal beatings of UPND cadres shows lack of training on the part of police. Police show your tact, plz.
    (YOU CAN BEAT UNZA STUDENTS -as in 2000- COZ THEY ARE MORE INTELLECTUALY EXPOSED THAN YOU)

  6. Pa Bwato

    August 19, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Thought days of our people being killed like dogs or fish in a barrel were long gone with aparthied(sp), Malema is very right Zuma must step down coz he’s proven to be let-down to the principals and goals of the Sisulu, Tambo, Mandela to name a few, led ANC who fought for such barberic taking of lives to end & for people to embrace each other.

  7. Baba

    August 19, 2012 at 8:58 am

    This should serve as a warning to the Kaondes in North Westen province who likes burning cars,property and even beating up the police.

  8. chocho

    August 19, 2012 at 9:54 am

    too bad

  9. taliban

    August 19, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Malema is the man..!!

  10. The Digger

    August 19, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    This should serve as a warning to the Kaondes in North westen province who likes damaging cars,properties and even beating up Police officers.The police just have to shoot one or two of these monisters in order to curb the monistrous bahaviour of the Kaondes.

  11. chisanga

    August 20, 2012 at 5:33 am

    Malema is real a man. zuma shud step down.