In South Africa, Striking Miners Charged with Murder of Those Shot By Police


In a bizarre twist, the 270 miners arrested during violent strikes in South Africa have been charged under an obscure apartheid-era law with the murder of 34 colleagues shot dead by police. The action - along with charges of attempted murder for 78 miners injured and complaints by many jailed miners that they've been beaten - has prompted an outcry among South Africans wondering how much has changed since the end of apartheid.

"The policemen who killed those people are not in custody, not even one of them," said Julius Malema, former African National Congress Youth leader who was expelled from the ANC. "This is madness."

Update: After massive protests, the charges have been "provisionally dropped" and the miners will begin being released today.

A group of men carry the coffin of Mpuzeni Ngxande, one of 34 striking miners killed by police.

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