Last year, police fired into a crowd of striking miners, killing 34 in a convulsion of violence that reminded many of the worst brutality of the apartheid era.
“Any one death is a death too many,” Phiyega said.
In Daveyton, there were already worries how Macia’s aging parents in Mozambique would be affected by the tragedy.
“He was the one who would buy them food and send it home to them,” relative Badanisi Ingwenya said. “Now because of this, there is no one to support them.”