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Old 09-02-2012, 06:41 AM
 
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The shootings have fed a growing sense of betrayal at the country’s governing party, the venerable African National Congress, many of whose senior members have joined a wealthy elite a world away from the downtrodden masses whose votes brought them to power at the end of apartheid in 1994.

Ten people were killed, including two police officers who were hacked to death.

On Aug. 16, the police were given the order to move in. The police said that they tried to chase away the miners with rubber bullets and stun grenades, but that they were forced to resort to live ammunition when the miners surged at them.

. . .a law known as “common purpose,” in which members of a crowd when a crime is committed can be prosecuted as accomplices.
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Old 09-02-2012, 07:28 AM
 
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Murder charges against 270 striking South African miners, brought under an apartheid-era law, are to be provisionally dropped, prosecutors say.
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