A ministerial statement on the Marikana crisis said there are "lessons to be drawn from this experience". Seems like a slight understatement.
The statement continues: "This has given concrete expression to what our country is known for which is resolving all our differences through dialogue".
The standoff between striking miners and South African authorities hardened as workers rejected a new deal and 'gatherings' were banned.
The expelled ANC firebrand politician Julius Malema tells ITV News black South Africans are worse off now than they were during apartheid.
Fifty of the South African miners who were charged with the murder of their colleagues have celebrated their freedom outside a courthouse.