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South Africans reflect on mine tragedy

By Ntandoyenkosi Ncube (Xinhua)

09:20, August 23, 2012

JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- The South African flag has been flying at half mast for three days on Wednesday as the nation is morning 44 mine workers killed during the recent violent protest. Reflection on the incident continues to boil.

The event that started as wildcat strike at Lonmin Marikana Platinum Mines deteriorated to a full blown of almost 3,000 workers who clashed with state police.

Police are still on alert on the mountains of Marikana monitoring the situation which is now gaining some calmness.

Many people in Johannesburg said the situation must be taken seriously. Ordinary people who spoke with Xinhua in Soweto, South of Johannesburg, said the Lonmin Mine strike is true reflection of what is happening in South African mines.

Residents are urging the government to take the situation to address plights of all workers in the mining sector which is still dominated by foreign companies. They are saying Pretoria must be strong with policies governing the mining industry.

A call is also being made for Pretoria to put a long hand on mines workplace.

"The Marikana situation is a clear writing on the wall. Although rich, our nation is at war," Kethakuthula Gauta, a Johannesburg resident, told Xinhua on Wednesday. "The economic and social presentation of this country is creating gaps and division in our societies than uniting people through gains of our liberation," he said.

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