On August 16th, heavily armed police in Marikana, South Africa opened fire on striking mineworkers, reportedly killing over 34 workers in an action reminiscent of the worst days of the apartheid regime. The platinum miners were demanding increases in pay and improved living and working conditions in a nation where poverty, unemployment and inequality persist 18 years after the end of the apartheid system of white rule. The governing African National Congress (ANC), which once represented the hope of equality for all South Africans, obliquely condemned the violence but refrained from criticizing the police.
With Patrick Bond, political economist and senior professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal School of Development Studies in Durban, South Africa.
Radio interview by Amy Grunder, first aired live on Sounds of Dissent on WZBC 90.3 FM Boston on 2012-08-18. --- Sounds of Dissent has aired since 1998 on WZBC 90.3 FM in Greater Boston. Catch us every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Live streams & archive links at wzbc.org.