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1 October 2012

South Africa’s Eroding ‘Grand Bargain’

Young coal miners in South Africa, courtesy United Nations Photo/flickr
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Young coal miners in South Africa

This paper argues that the police brutality that occurred during the Marikana platinum mine dispute was reminiscent of South Africa's apartheid era. The violence also signaled the erosion, but not yet the end, of South Africa’s post-apartheid “grand bargain” – a bargain brokered at Kempton Park by the Nationalist Party and liberationists in 1994.

© 2012 Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

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John Campbell

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