August 29, 2012

What's South Africa's Problem? Jacob Zuma

Allister Sparks, Business Day

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When all the shouting and weeping and finger-pointing is done, the bottom line is that what happened at the Lonmin mine on August 16 began as a battle between rival politicised factions. And that battle was itself part of a larger war over which faction will gain control of SA at the next election.

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South Africa Must Prepare for Unrest
Stephen Grootes, Business Day
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August 21, 2012
South Africa: The Politics of Massacre
Gwynne Dyer, Winnipeg Free Press
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End of South African Exceptionalism
Magaziner & Jacobs, The Atlantic
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Mining Unrest Nothing New for S. Africa
Micah Reddy, Mail & Guardian
Statistically speaking, a Marikana massacre occurs many times every year beneath the surface of South Africa's mining badlands. more ››
August 24, 2012
South Africa and the Global Mineral Wars
Daily Telegraph
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