The labor unrest surrounding South African gold and platinum mining is continuing to spread as accusations about who is responsible fly in all directions and international pressure against the ruling regime expands over the accelerating genocide of white farmers. Security officials and military forces raided miner shanty towns over the weekend to confiscate weapons from strikers, but the chaos is still spreading.
At least a thousand soldiers have been deployed to support the embattled police force as the ruling African National Congress (ANC) regime and its communist partners seek to blame business for the tensions. Observers even within South Africa’s ruling alliance, however, say the unrest is being carefully orchestrated by power-hungry elements within the communist-backed ANC itself.
Politicians and aspiring powerbrokers seized on the escalating crisis — multiple gold and platinum mines are currently idle because of the ongoing strikes — to whip up hysteria for political purposes, analysts said. The ruling alliance consisting of the ANC, the South African Communist Party (SACP), and the Conference of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) implausibly claimed after an inquiry that mining companies were to blame for the chaos.
"It is therefore our considered view that employers have an interest in fanning this conflict to reverse the gains achieved by workers over a long period of time," the ruling alliance alleged in a statement. It also accused South African platinum industry heavyweights of following "the story of the power and belief in divide and rule" — tactics long employed by the current totalitarian-minded rulers of South Africa and other communist regimes.
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Photo of Julius Malema speaking to a crowd of striking miners at Goldfields Mine in Grootfontein, South Africa: AP Images