Watch: New Theory Emerges on Why S. African Miners Were Really Murdered
In news articles relating to the murder of several South African miners, stories suggested that the miners were gunned down because they charged at police. For example, The Telegraph reported:
Riah Phiyega said that 34 miners were killed on Thursday and another 78 wounded when her officers used “maximum force” near Marikana mine, owned by Lonmin, the London-listed company.
They did so when a gang of “heavily armed” miners rushed towards them, armed with firearms as well as clubs and machetes. “Police retreated and were forced to use maximum force to defend themselves,” said Ms Phiyega.
Although video from the shooting does show some of the miners running toward police, some eyewitnesses say the miners were actually running away from soldiers, which forced them in the direction of police. In other words, they were trapped.
The dispute between rivaling mining unions, who were demanding higher wages from the Lonmin platinum mine, had already turned violent. Skirmishes between the rival unions, the National Union of Mineworkers and the more radical Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), had resulted in several injuries and death.
Mnikelo Ndabankulu, speaking in Grahamstown, South Africa, shares what he says happened on the day the miners will killed, as well as what led to the violence. This speech formed part of a memorial service for miners massacred by police at the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana.
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