Miners Shot Dead in South African Mine

By pete ess,  Newser User
Posted Aug 12, 2010 2:35 PM CDT
Promoted on Newser Aug 12, 2010 3:14 PM CDT

(User Submitted) – An incident at a mine owned by Nelson Mandela's grandson and current President Jacob Zuma's nephew left 20 illegal miners dead, apparently gunned down underground by security guards, a Sowetan newspaper reports. Other media accounts (like this one by Bloomberg) have the death toll at 4. Police at first denied any reports of the shootings, but admitted this morning that bodies had been found in the shafts.

"We have already taken out some of the bodies there. I don't have an exact number. We are investigating a case of attempted murder," said Captain Johannes Ramphoro. Those who survived the shooting claimed that police refused to dig out the corpses. Read the full article.

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