A snapshot of some of the Mail & Guardian's best stories for the week to November 17 2014.
Vested interests have conspired to keep the truth about the Marikana massacre buried and the curse of unchecked mining goes on.
Political pressure, NUM officials shooting at protesters and the firing of teargas and stun-grenades are to blame, says advocate Dali Mpofu.
Lawyers for the union argued at the Farlam commission that it was a myth perpetuated by Lonmin that union rivalry was the main cause of the slaughter.
Lonmin claimed it couldn't afford to build promised houses for workers, despite the World Bank making $150-million available.
The recommendations of the Farlam commission's evidence leaders are very clear and SAPS would do well to start implementing them right away.
It's easy to blame Amcu, but insurrection is caused by anger over poverty and inequality.
This was the message delivered by evidence leader Matthew Chaskalson at the Farlam commission, who urged against "normalising" the tragic massacre.
Advocacy group agrees not to make statements that will adversely affect company’s share price
What has emerged from the commission, especially the cross-examination of Lonmin leaders, dispels long-held misconceptions about events at Marikana.
Former Lonmin executive admits that the deadly 2012 strike called for extraordinary negotiations that didn't fall within the company's structures.
Legal Aid is representing the Marikana miners, but is concerned about the precedent this sets when it comes to commissions of inquiry.
Lonmin’s chief commercial officer Albert Jamieson was asked why the company had failed to pursue every option at its disposal to avoid violence.
As the Marikana commission of inquiry wraps up its probe, the funding of legal representation for the injured and arrested miners is still uncertain.
Police claims about shooting at miners as a last resort appear to be thrown into question by a video shown to the Marikana inquiry.
Marikana strike leader Xolani Nzuza said he did not owe an apology to the families of Lonmin employees killed for reporting for work in August 2012.
Three miners have backed up claims that police shot them while they were surrendering, including one who says he was fired at from around five metres.
A miner's grisly account of the second Marikana shootings sheds light on a horrific hidden event.
The mine insists that it would not be logical to incorporate concerns regarding social conditions into the cross-examination of witnesses.