Archbishop condemns South Africa mine deaths
The Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba has condemned the deaths of 34 people at a mine in South Africa. Police opened fire on miners during a strike at the Marikana mine in the North-east of the country. According to the BBC, at least 78 people were injured in the confrontation. The miners had been striking for more than a week over pay at the Lonmin-owned platinum mine. Prior to Thursday's clashes, 10 people had already been killed in violence surrounding the strike.
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Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba
"Whatever the merits of the various disputes – whether between employees and employers, between unions, between workers and union leaders, between miners and police – whatever the legality of the strikes or the responses to them, this death toll is unacceptable. "Even one death is one too many, and there must be an end to this senseless loss of life." He added: "Sincere, mature, negotiation must always be the route to solving our differences. Violence is never the answer.
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