South African Miners Face Deadline

    Former youth leader of the African National Congress (ANC) Julius Malema addresses mine workers at the Lonmin mine near Rustenburg, South Africa, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012. Miners and their families welcomed expelled politician Malema on Saturday as he told the thousands who gathered at the site where 34 miners were killed this week that South African police had no right to fire the live bullets that killed them. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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    Thousands of miners on strike in South Africa stand to lose their jobs Monday if they do not return to work after management imposed a deadline. Seventeen percent to 25 percent of workers are estimated to have returned for the first shift Monday morning, mine owner Lonmin reported. Thirty-four miners were shot and killed by police Thursday. “Expecting us to go back is like an insult,” said one miner after the company extended its deadline only two days after the shooting. “Many of our friends and colleagues are dead. Then they expect us to resume work. Never.”

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