Posted Sep 05, 2012By
MARIKANA, South Africa (AP) — As South Africa’s mining strike threatened to spread, striking miners charged that South African police dragged an injured colleague from his hospital bed and killed him.
The allegation adds to accusations that police have used excessive violence against the strikers at the Lonmin Marikana platinum mine, following the Aug. 16 police shootings in which 34 strikers were killed.
Some protesters Wednesday waved a photograph of a young man they named as Noki M. Mgcineni. They said Mgcineni was shot in the foot on Aug. 16 and was taken to the Andrew Saffy hospital, which is owned by Lonmin.
“Police then went to the hospital and dragged him away. They beat him up and they killed him. We found him in the mortuary,” Xolani Mzuzu, a striking miner, told The Associated Press.
He said several people were waving the same photo. “We consider him a hero, like Chris Hani,” said Mzuzu, referring to a murdered anti-apartheid activist.
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