Every mine has its lock-up for malingerers, deserters, and others. At the Witwatersrand the coolies are handcuffed over a horizontal beam.
The floor is of concrete, and they may sit down, but the beam is so far from the floor that it is impossible for any but exceptionally tall men to sit while handcuffed. They must therefore squat, and for a change raise themselves in a semi-standing posture.
- The Project Gutenberg eBook, John Chinaman on the Rand, by Anonymous Published 1905
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- Friday 6 March 2020
- Ethnic violence, Inhumanity, South Africa