A Violent Legacy: Policing Insurrection in South Africa From Sharpeville to Marikana

Fifty-two years separate the fatal shootings by police of 69 anti-apartheid protestors at Sharpeville on 21 March 1960 and of 34 striking miners at Marikana on 16 August 2012. The parallels between the two massacres are easy to overstate; but both involved the use of lethal violence by the police against people taking part in insurrectionary action. Bill Dixon, University of Nottingham, discusses.

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