Conflict & Justice

South African Miners Ordered Back to Work

President Jacob Zuma has declared this "a week of national mourning" in South Africa.

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The country is still in shock, after 34 striking miners were shot dead by police last Thursday. The miners were demanding better working conditions and improved salaries.

Operations at the platinum mine where the shooting took place are still on hold. This despite a call by the Lonmin company, which owns the site, for the striking workers to report back to work.

Anchor Marco Werman talks to the BBC's Nomsa Maseko, who is in Johannesburg and says last week's shooting is still fresh in many miners' minds.