In the aftermath of the Marikana shootings of 16th August 2012 the Institute has been confronted with a number of questions about the reasons and long-term implications of the violence. We have decided to republish an article jointly authored by the Institute's current Chief Executive Officer on the 25th of June 1976 as many of the points made in that article remain relevant to our current context. The article below appeared in the Financial Mail ten days after the police shootings and the explosions they caused in Soweto and elsewhere on 16th June 1976. It was written by John Kane-Berman and George Palmer, then respectively labour editor and editor of the Financial Mail. The Institute had meanwhile tried, to no avail, to warn the National Party government of the tension building up in Soweto as a result of the school language policy.
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