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/ 23 May 2008

‘Deliberate effort’ behind attacks

South Africa’s security chief on Friday accused rightwingers linked to the former apartheid government of fanning xenophobic violence that has spread to Cape Town, the second largest city and tourist centre. At least 42 people have been killed and thousands driven from their homes in 12 days of attacks.

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/ 26 January 2008

Johan Nel a ‘young, brainwashed racist’

Racism was still a key issue in South Africa, political party representatives said as they addressed a gathering at Saturday’s funeral of the murdered Skielik victims. Congress of South African Trade Unions secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi said alleged killer, Johan Nel (18) had ”no regard for human life”.

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/ 4 December 2007

Thousands down tools over mine safety

Thousands of mineworkers took to the streets of central Johannesburg on Tuesday, urging industry bosses to beef up safety in South African mines. This year, there have been more than 200 deaths in the mining industry. Major mining companies said they were badly affected by the one-day strike.

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/ 23 November 2007

SA mining union plans safety strike

The National Union of Mineworkers plans to ask its members to down tools on December 4 to protest against a spate of deaths in the country’s mines, the president of the union said. Senzeni Zokwana unveiled the date of the planned action in a speech at a congress of global miners’ unions, which started in Thailand on Thursday, a statement said.