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South Africa: The Massacre That Changed a Nation

by Ken Olende
Issue No. 2350

Peter Hain interviews president Jacob Zuma

Peter Hain interviews president Jacob Zuma

Peter Hain’s documentary on last year’s massacre of striking miners at Marikana, South Africa, shows the distress of a natural supporter of the governing ANC.

Hain first came to prominence as an anti-apartheid activist. 

He goes out of his way to find things to praise about the 19 years since the ANC came to office. 

But he presents a society fantastically divided between a corrupt elite, now black as well as white, and a majority scraping by in poverty.

It is weakest on the massacre itself, not challenging the police story of a violent mob of strikers. 

But it includes powerful interviews with survivors and lawyer Jim Nichol, who is representing them.


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Tue 23 Apr 2013, 18:27 BST
Issue No. 2350
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