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Frustration over justice denied in South Africa

A year after police shot 34 miners in Marikana, an event seen as a turning point in the nation’s modern history, nothing has changed

By David Smith  /  The Guardian, MARIKANA, South Africa

Many feel that neither the government nor mining companies have found any answers to the questions asked a year ago, raising the prospect of more violent strikes and instability.

Adam Habib, vice chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand and author of South Africa’s Suspended Revolution, said: “What Marikana brings to the fore is inequality, the relative deprivation that people have.”

“Inequality is South Africa’s Achilles heel. If we don’t address it, it will come to us,” he said. “A year later, are we any closer to resolving that fundamental challenge? The answer has to be no.”

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