Strikes accelerate in South Africa

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When our news reported the murder of 34 miners at the Markana platinum mine in South Africa several weeks ago they forgot to mention a few other important facts.  Miners had been refusing to go work for a number of weeks demanding higher wages. They work under shocking conditions , earning about $500 a month while I’m told by trusted sources that top executives earn as much as $175k per month. Miners walked out to demonstrate, congregating at the top of a hill outside the mine.

One night they killed six above ground workers who had refused to walk out with them.  They then attacked two policemen in squad cars (African policemen) and hacked them to death.  They mutilated them and cut off certain parts of their bodies to take to a sangoma (witchdoctor), who worked his magic and assured them that the bullets of the police would not hurt them.

The next day hundreds of miners became violent and In the ensuing  fray the police killed 34 miners. As a result, the platinum mine acceded to the miners’ demands to double their wages, but the heads of the gold mines have refused to follow suit.  In the following weeks a spate of strikes have followed across the country. And as of this writing have gotten worse, other mine workers and truckers have stopped work, and several more miners have been killed.

Sunday’s Wall Street Journal  declared SOUTH AFRICA FALTERS AS UNREST SPREADS—AFTER APARTHEID, SOUTH AFRICA LEAVES MANY BLACKS BEHIND.

 

Observation:  The press does not always report both sides of the story – an understatement?

Witchcraft and superstition are still powerful in this 21st century society.

The unrest is based on economic not racial equality.

 

 

About lorrylutz.com

My husband and I spent 22 years working with African young people in South Africa under Apartheid, which deepened my passion for the disenfranchised. During regular returns to the US I earned my MA in Communications at Wheaton Graduate School. Later I became head of publications for Partners International and edited a quarterly magazine. In the 90's I directed the AD2000 Women's Track networking with thousands of international women leaders in Christian ministry. I have written/published twelve books on missions, biography, fiction, most recently two biographical novels about Dr. Katharine Bushnell, nineteenth century crusader against what is known today as trafficking. Daughters of Deliverance and The Queen's Daughters are available in Kindle as well as print on Amazon. I was married to Allen, now deceased, my lifelong sweetheart. We had four sons,( one deceased,) one daughter, and 18 grandchildren. How can I help but praise God for the full life He's given me, and the opportunities even in my senior years, to live purposefully.

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