Sun Aug 19, 2012 12:47PM
South African police shoot at striking miners on August 16, 2012.

South African police shoot at striking miners on August 16, 2012.

South Africans have become increasingly angry over the recent killing of more than 30 striking miners at a platinum mine by the police. Days after the deadly incident, family members remain unaware of the fate of the miners, as South African authorities have reportedly not released the names of those killed in the violence. Reports say many are searching for their relatives by going from hospital to hospital. At least 34 people were killed and nearly 80 others wounded on Thursday, after police opened fire on miners at the Lonmin's Marikana platinum mine northwest of Johannesburg. More than 200 people have been arrested. The deadly clashes have already been dubbed the "Marikana massacre" by local media. Ten people, including two police, had already been killed during the weeklong strike. The miners are reportedly on strike over low pay. South African President Jacob Zuma has ordered an inquiry into the killing. Lonmin is reportedly the world's third-largest platinum producer with approximately 28,000 employees. In January, at least three people were killed in a similar outbreak of violence, leading to a six-week-long closure of the mine. South Africa is home to nearly 80 percent of the world’s platinum reserves. SZH/JR/SS
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