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S.African minister accused of ordering Marikana massacre

Former South African Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu (C) arrives to testify before the Commission of Inquiry into the Marikana shootings at the Marikana Commision on August 26, 2014 in Centurion, South AfricaA South African minister who once told police to shoot criminals dead without warning was on Tuesday accused of involvement in the deaths of 34 striking miners at Marikana. The survivors’ lawyer, Dali Mpofu, said former mines minister Susan Shabangu had labelled the violent labour dispute a criminal act, paving the way for heavy-handed police action, an accusation she denied. The 34 strikers were gunned down by police at the Lonmin platinum mine north of Johannesburg during a work stoppage on August 2012. Years earlier, in 2008, Shabangu, then a deputy minister of safety and security, told the police to kill criminals.

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