South African prosecutors provisionally dropped charges against 270 miners accused of killing 34 of their striking colleagues, who were shot dead by police last month at the Marikana mine. The charges, however, could be brought against the miners again, once the investigation is complete. The police killing of the strikers last month was the worst such security incident since the end of apartheid in 1994. Anger had been mounting over the charges, made under an apartheid-era law that deemed the miners as having had a "common purpose" in the murder of their co-workers.
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