31 Aug 2012
South Africa uses outdated laws to protect police
Apartheid Laws a handy excuse for politicians and police.
South African prosecutors on Thursday charged 270 striking miners with murder of 34 co-workers seen being shot dead in a hail of police bullets captured in videos broadcast around the world.
Prosecution have filed papers invoking a measure called "common purpose" seldom used since the dying days of apartheid, arguing the miners were complicit in the killings since they were arrested at the scene with weapons.
"This is bizarre and shocking and represents a flagrant abuse of the criminal justice system in an effort to protect the police and/or politicians,"in the opinion of Pierre de Vos, a law expert at the University of Cape Town.
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