The horror of South African police shooting into a crowd of striking miners killing 34 and seriously injuring 78 could have long-term political ramifications for its president Jacob Zuma and for the country. Further outrage was caused when the 270 protesting miners were initially arrested and charged with the murder of their colleagues. Even though these charges were dropped later the incident will cause greater scrutiny of South Africa’s leaders and its politics.

A GLOOMY shadow hangs over South Africa’s politics and its future following the shootings at the Marikana platinum mine in Rustenburg.

Thirty-four miners died and 78 were seriously injured ...

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Professor Jaime Nogueira Pinto
It is to be hoped that the ANC and all South African elites can avoid a major crisis by using their traditional ability to peacefully hammer out a solution. This will avoid seriously damaging South Africa’s image and prospects for the southern region
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