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Magic potion used in deadly South African Lonmin strike, witness says

Magic potion used in deadly South African Lonmin strike, witness says

At a South African government hearing Friday on the police shooting of 34 striking miners in 2012, a witness said that striking union members had sought to make themselves invulnerable to police weaponry by ingesting a traditional potion made from dead sheep and the burned flesh of two dead mine security guards. The police witness, identified before the commission of inquiry only as Mr. X, said the miners paid am inyanga, a traditional healer, about $100 to make a potion that would give them strength and courage to stand up to police and "lock" police guns if the officers tried to shoot. The testimony in the August 2012 platinum mine strike violence comes as an even longer...

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