Alex Duval Smith

Alex Duval Smith is a freelance foreign correspondent based in South Africa

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Call for nationalisation of South African resources

The controversial politician Julius Malema yesterday said black South Africans are worse off than during apartheid and launched a hit list for nationalisation as he capitalised on discontent over the Marikana mine massacre.

Alex Duval Smith: Events show the police are both inept and brutal

The police have not collected names and addresses of the 270 men held in 12 days

Police at the scene of the Lonmin mine massacre earlier this month

Miners charged with murder – of colleagues shot dead by police

Lawyers say 270 workers will not get fair trial over strike massacre and demand their release

Mosiuoa Lekota of the political party Congress of the People addresses workers at the Marikana mine

South African platinum mine threatens job losses if striking miners miss deadline to return to work at the mine where police shot 34 people last week

About one third of the workforce at the South African platinum mine where police shot 34 striking miners last week returned to work yesterday, heeding a warning that they would otherwise be sacked.

President Jacob Zuma

Alex Duval Smith: Behind the violence is a power struggle for greater influence on the part of miners

In the wake of the shocking killings of the Marikana protesters, a lingering question remains: how could post-apartheid-era South African officers have used such force against protesters?

Widowed women protest against the police, government and the mine's owner, Lonmin, near Rustenberg yesterday, after a strike at the Marikana mine on Thursday

Zuma rushes to scene of massacre as dead miners' widows rage

South African President ‘dismayed’ after 34 strikers killed – but pays tribute to police

Biggest-ever telescope to look for ETs

South Africa and Australia will be partners in the development of the biggest radio telescope ever built, astronomers meeting in The Netherlands announced yesterday.

Chris Mahlangu, left, has been found guilty of murdering Eugene Terre'blanche, right

Farmworker found guilty of killing Eugene Terre'blanche

Tensions high as second man cleared of murder of white supremacist leader at farm in 2010

Policeman and game warden killed in rhino poaching gun battle

A police constable and a ranger were shot dead at the weekend during an operation to track rhino poachers in South Africa's Kruger Park game reserve.

Comrades: Ben Bella, right, with Che Guevara at Algiers airport in 1964

Ahmed Ben Bella: Anti-French activist who became the first president of free Algeria

Historians will be grateful that Ahmed Ben Bella, who has died aged 95, survived into the year marking the 50th anniversary of Algeria's independence from France. Had he died any earlier, the country's first president might never have made it into the anti-colonialist pantheon inhabited by more likeable characters like India's Jawaharlal Nehru or Ghana's Kwame Nkrumah.

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