AHRCentre Director Andrea Durbach responds to recent developments arising from the South African miners' strike

The manipulation of an English legal doctrine to repress South Africa's striking miners is a grotesque irony in a post-apartheid democracy. Despite the release over the weekend of the 270 striking miners held on distorted murder charges, there is little space for relief if the doctrine can be invoked to serve unjust ends. The legal principle at the centre of turmoil which followed the shootings of striking miners by South African security forces at the Lonmin platinum mine in mid-August is, in itself, arguably sound.

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