South Africa

South African Miners Charged For Murder in Colleague's Deaths

270 charged in obscure apartheid-era law after police killed 34 in strike fight


The 270 miners arrested during violent strikes in South Africa have been charged with the murder of their 34 colleagues who were shot dead by police.

The murder charge – and associated charges for the attempted murder of 78 miners injured at the Marikana mine near Johannesburg – was brought by the national prosecuting authority under an obscure Roman-Dutch common law previously used by the apartheid government.