Cape demo against Lonmin killing

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iol news pic 17 aug South Africa Mine Violence 13 REUTERS File picture - Policemen keep watch on the protesters outside a South African mine in Rustenburg, 100 km (62 miles) northwest of Johannesburg, August 16, 2012. South African police opened fire against thousands of striking miners armed with machetes and sticks at Lonmin's Marikana platinum mine, leaving several bloodied corpses lying on the ground. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Cape Town - A handful of demonstrators gathered outside Parliament on Friday to protest against the police's use of force on striking mineworkers in the North West.

The group comprised civil society organisation representatives and individuals.

Capetonian Neil Goodwin, dressed as the Grim Reaper, wielded a replica panga and an enlarged copy of the Constitution.

He also hung the logo of the ANC around his neck.

“I'm saying the ANC are running roughshod over the constitution daily. It's not just about the death of miners, it's about what's happening all over the country,” Goodwin said.

“It's just a symptom of what's going on. Ultimately it comes down to the Constitution and the Constitution is under attack constantly by businessmen, by corporations.”

A total of 34 people were killed and 78 injured in a shootout that erupted near the mine on Thursday when police tried to disperse striking miners.

The Workers International Vanguard Party's Shaheed Mohamed joined protesters and blamed the ANC and alliance partners for the shooting.

“We feel the Cosatu leaders are in collusion with the ANC government, in collusion with the bosses and complicit in the murder and massacre of these workers,” said Mohamed. - Sapa



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