Yesterday’s shooting in Marikana, South Africa, left 34 people dead and 78 wounded. As the New York Times reported, police opened fire on thousands of striking miners wielding machetes after “rubber bullets, water cannons and stun grenades” failed to stop the workers from passing two police lines. The incident comes 18 years post-apartheid, stunning South Africans whose frustrations over inequality and poverty had already been mounting. Yet, at a press conference today, Commissioner Phiyega defended her officers, the New York Times reported.
“This is no time for finger-pointing. It is time for us to mourn the sad and black moment we experienced as a country,” Phiyega said.
Previously, the New York Times featured video footage of the shooting.