South Africa Uses Apartheid-Era Law to Accuse 270 Miners of Murder - World News
South African authorities on Thursday invoked a legal move seldom used since the dying days of apartheid in order to charge 270 striking miners with the murder of 34 co-workers who were seen being shot dead in a hail of police bullets earlier this month.
Prosecutors have filed papers using a measure called “common purpose”, arguing the miners were complicit in the killings since they were arrested at the scene with weapons.
Legal experts said the move will likely collapse when a court hearing bail applications for the 270 near the mine resumes sessions next week and lambasted prosecutors for inflaming a tense situation by seeking a mass indictment that will eventually be rejected.
Shitty situation. All over protests for a barely-living wage. Mining=maybe the worst job in the world.