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Strikes in the Witwatersrand

In 1946, 75,000 African mineworkers in 21 mines on the Witwatersrand came out on strike for higher wages. As in 1920 troops were called in to drive the miners back into the mines at bayonet point. Thirteen strikers were killed and 1,200 injured. Fifty trade union officials were arrested and put on trial including JB Marks, President of the Mineworkers Union.

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  • Date Created: 1946

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