By Jon Herskovitz PRETORIA (Reuters) – South African President Jacob Zuma tried to play down the effect of labor unrest on the economy on Thursday but managed to trigger a nearly 3 percent plunge in the rand against the dollar instead. In a hastily convened news conference two days after weaker-than-expected economic data, Zuma tried to calm fears that last year's violent industrial action in the mining sector would be repeated. "It is only in undemocratic countries that there are no strikes," said Zuma, who faces a general election in less than a year. …
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