I have been hearing reports of this for the past week: ‘In other news Thursday, nearly a week of labor violence in South Africa intensified as police fired on striking platinum miners, killing as many as 18 workers. Also, officials in Congo confirmed that a mining landslide killed at least 60 gold miners (16 August 2012)’.
In the New York Times, Lydia Polgreen writes that the South African “police fired on machete-wielding workers engaged in a wildcat strike at a platinum mine here on Thursday, [16 August 2012, ] leaving a field strewed with bodies and a deepening fault line between the governing African National Congress and a nation that, 18 years after the end of apartheid, is increasingly impatient with deep poverty, rampant unemployment and yawning inequality. In a scene replayed endlessly on television that reminded some South Africans of the days when the police of the apartheid government opened fire on protesters, heavily armed officers shot into a charging crowd of workers who walked off the job last Friday, [10 August, ] demanding higher wages. The strike has pitted the country’s largest mine workers union, which is closely allied with the governing A.N.C., against a radical upstart union demanding sharp increases in pay and faster action to improve the grim living and working standards for miners”.
 Lydia Polgreen, “Mine Strike Mayhem Stuns South Africa as Police Open Fire” The New York Times (16 August 2012). http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/17/world/africa/south-african-police-fire-on-striking-miners.html?_r=1.