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New footage of Marikana massacre shows unprovoked attack

25 October 2013
Socialist film maker Rehad Desai has uncovered previously unseen news footage of the beginning of the Marikana massacre in South Africa in August 2012.

Amplats strikers win concessions in South Africa

15 October 2013
Striking platinum miners at South Africa’s Amplats company returned to work last week following concessions from bosses. A planned 3,300 redundancies have been shifted from being compulsory to voluntary by the strike.

Miners strike in South Africa

01 October 2013
South African platinum miners at Amplats mines around Rustenburg came out on strike on Friday of last week against 3,300 planned redundancies.

Cops faked Marikana inquiry evidence

24 September 2013
Newly revealed footage from after the Marikana mine massacre of 2012 shows Brigadier Adriaan Calitz, praising police for a perfectly executed plan. It was Calitz who had ordered the police to open fire on striking miners.

South African workers turn out the lights

10 September 2013
Striking power workers put the lights out in Johannesburg, South Africa, for three days last week. 

Videos from Marikana memorial rally in South Africa

23 August 2013
Speeches by lawyer Jim Nichol and Julius Malema

Thousands remember Marikana one year on

20 August 2013
More than 15,000 people gathered in Marikana, South Africa, on Friday of last week to mark the first anniversary of the massacre when police gunned down striking miners.

The shocking collusion behind the Marikana miners' massacre

13 August 2013
A year after the Marikana massacre, miners’ lawyer Jim Nichol looks at the facts revealed by the inquiry

Workers' revolt in South Africa is a direct challenge to the ANC

13 August 2013
South Africa is going through a revolt. It started with the victorious strike at Marikana and a wave of wildcat strikes in the mines.

South Africa's new party of Economic Freedom Fighters

13 August 2013
Former ANC youth league leader Julius Malema has launched a new party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). He says we have political freedom, but it’s not enough without economic freedom too.

South Africa's miners prepare for mass strikes

23 July 2013
Makhanya is a platinum miner at Amplats mine in Rustenburg and an AMCU union steward. He spoke to Ken Olende about the struggle in the pits

Nelson Mandela now critically ill

25 June 2013
Nelson Mandela was critically ill in hospital as Socialist Worker went to press. 

Shooting at mine in South Africa

04 June 2013
Two men walked into the National Union of Mineworkers office at the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana, South Africa, and shot two officials on Monday of this week. 

New strike at Marikana follows shooting of union militant

14 May 2013
Tensions between unions in South African mines have grown since last year’s massacre of striking miners, writes Rehad Desai

Union rows reflect the struggle in South Africa

30 April 2013
A battle is underway over the leadership of South Africa’s two million-strong union federation Cosatu.

New footage shows horror of the Marikana massacre

15 March 2013
Shocking new footage of the Marikana massacre in South Africa backs the miners’ version of events against police claims. Police shot 112 miners—killing 34—during a strike at Lonmin’s platinum mine last August.

Marikana cops shot injured miners dead, witnesses say

31 December 2012
Some miners at Marikana were shot after being taken into custody by police, new evidence suggests. The evidence was given at South Africa’s Farlam Commission into the massacre.

Eyewitness South Africa: Our struggle in the platinum mines

27 November 2012
Tumi Moloi is a miner working at Amplats mine near Rustenburg. He describes what life is like for miners there—and why they struck for eight weeks

Unite the Resistance round-up

20 November 2012
‘Long live workers. Away with capitalism’ For many a highlight of the Unite the Resistance conference was hearing striking South African miner Tumi Moloi speak.

Who planted weapons on striking miners' bodies at Marikana?

13 November 2012
Jim Nichol, who represents miners’ families at the inquiry into South Africa’s Marikana massacre, reports on developments

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