Topic: Lonmin plc
Owner Lonmin has threatened about 3,000 striking workers with dismissal if they do not show up at work in the platinum mine northwest of Johannesburg. But only a quarter of them returned to work after the police shooting that killed 34 last week.
Police shooting of 34 protesting mine workers has shocked South Africans, but the growing economic frustration that the miners' strike underscores does not equal growing support for the ruling ANC's rivals.
After the move against 3,000 striking drill operators that caused 34 deaths and left dozens wounded on Thursday northwest of Johannesburg, a nation is asking itself the question of what has really changed since the end of the apartheid.
It appears to be one of the bloodiest police operations in South Africa since the end of the apartheid: Police in Johannesburg killed and wounded dozens in an operation intended to disperse 3,000 protesting drill operators who had massed near the mine.