A threat to sack workers who failed to return to work at a South Africa mine, where 34 strikers were killed, has been withdrawn, the presidency announced on Tuesday. Authorities convinced mine bosses not to act during an official week of mourning.
AP – No striking miners will be fired in the week that South Africa officially mourns the killings of 44 men at a platinum mine, including 34 strikers shot by police, a spokesman for the presidency told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
South Africa declares week of mourning after mine shooting
South African President Jacob Zuma on Sunday declared a week of national mourning in the wake of deadly violence at a platinum mine where police gunned down 34 striking workers.
"The nation is in shock and in pain. We must this week reflect on the sanctity of human life and the right to life as enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic," said Zuma three days after the tragedy.
The week's mourning will start on Monday, when flags will fly at half mast at flag stations in South Africa and missions outside the country. Thursday was declared an official day for nationwide memorial services
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