Out of Africa
Yesterday was the first anniversary of the Marikana massacre in South Africa, a slaughter which went largely unremarked in not unreported in Britain, where interest in South Africa seems to be mainly confined to Nelson Mandela. It was a grim business, though, as this article points out. The role of the South African miners' union in colluding with the violent breaking of an unofficial strike, and the total disregard by the police of the law they supposedly draw their pay packets to protect: these are matters still needing to be brought out into the open and the guilty punished.
In a week when the world is watching pro-democracy demonstrators being butchered by a military dictator in Egypt, let's not forget the miners of Marikana. Perhaps one day there will come a reckoning for General Sisi and for his thugs and stooges, as it looks as though there may eventually be for Susan Shabangu and Cyril Ramaphosa.