Africa

SAfrica: Media reports undermine miners' claim

August 23, 2012: Mourners make their way to a memorial service at the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg, South Africa after police shot and killed 34 striking miners and wounded 78 last week.

August 23, 2012: Mourners make their way to a memorial service at the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg, South Africa after police shot and killed 34 striking miners and wounded 78 last week.  (AP)

News reports and photos undermine claims by striking miners that one of those shot on Aug. 16 by police in South Africa had been taken by police from his hospital bed and beaten to death. Mgcineni Noki apparently died in the fusillade of gunfire.

Photos from local newspapers and an interview with the dead man's brother indicate that Noki was immediately killed in the hail of police bullets. Protesting miners on Wednesday waved a photograph of Noki and claimed he'd only been wounded in the foot and was later beaten to to death.

Earlier reports carried by the Pretoria News show what appears to be Noki's corpse lying among other dead miners on Aug. 16. His brother is quoted as saying Noki's body was riddled with bullets.