Women walked towards Diputaneng, Lesotho to attend the funeral of Molefi Ntsoele, a miner killed in the Marikana massacre.
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In spring 2012 I went to South Africa to work for the Mail and Guardian as a photo intern. These are some of the pictures I took while on assignments for the paper.

Ntsoele's coffin was flown by helicopter from the capital and a tent was set up for eulogy and prayer.

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Assembled family, neighbors, and other miners walked towards the steep hillside where the body would be buried.
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Village residents carried shovels to bury the coffin.
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A church group was engaged to sing and pray for the deceased.
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Ntsoele's sons and his co-workers from the mine took turns burying the coffin, one shovel of dirt at a time.
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After the religious service concluded, the miners circled the grave and chanted against the union they held responsible for the death of their friend.

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Desiree Van Der Walt, head of the Democratic Alliance Caucus in the Limpopo province, uses her Blackberry on the grounds of an abandoned teacher's college.
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Van Der Walt is upset that old textbooks, literally overflowing from the building, are being burned in the empty field behind the school.
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Juan Michael West, a patient in the Charlotte Maxeke hospital ward, which specializes in treating Cystic Fibrosis, makes a calorie rich shake.
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One good way to stay fit and maintain lung capacity is bouncing on the trampoline.
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West got this scar when doctors operated to clear an abdominal blockage just after he was born. It was then that he was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis.

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A group of female prisoners at Sun City Correctional Facility, a prison outside Johannesburg, prepare to perform an original theatre piece.
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Rhodessa Jones (in red), who was visiting to direct this production, has been creating theatre with incarcerated females in the San Francisco Bay area since 1989.
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Inmates working in the kitchen stand at the bars to view the performance.

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