South Africa

Mine Shootings in South Africa Revive Bloody Memories of Apartheid

Some feel betrayed by ANC


Phumelele Gura survived a barrage of police bullets and more than two weeks in prison, where he lay awake listening to the sound of workmates allegedly being tortured. His grandfather and his father backed the ANC. He no longer will.

"I won't vote for the ANC next time because they failed the people," he said. "My family always voted ANC but we don't trust it any more."

Gura, 49, is not alone in thinking the events of 16 August 2012 marked a tectonic shift in South Africa. That was the day when police, enforcing the will of the country's black-majority government, opened fire on striking miners, killing 34 and injuring 78.