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Frans Baleni - National Union of Mineworkers, South Africa

It has become known as the 'Marikana massacre' - 34 people were killed as police in South Africa opened fire on striking miners. For many it had echoes of Sharpeville in 1960, one of the defining events which opened the world's eyes to the consequences of apartheid. For Frans Baleni, general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers, Marikana is a challenge - not just to his union, but to the whole post-apartheid political system in which the NUM has been a key player. 18 years after black South Africans won legal equality, is the violence evidence that the system has failed all but a tiny political elite?

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30 minutes

Last on

Tue 27 Nov 2012 00:30


Role Contributor
InterviewerShaun Ley
Interviewed GuestFrans Baleni