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.
As Anglo disposes of its Rustenberg mines, other companies are betting that the troubled metal will yield dividends further down the line.
Gillian Schutte takes a look at "Miners Shot Down", the first feature on the Marikana massacre, and asks where the missing links are.
While the Farlam commission continues, the Marikana massacre has influenced everything from the families to art and politics. Let's take a look.
Laying into security chief Dirk Botes, advocate Dali Mpofu said Lonmin's collusion with the police led to many of the miners' deaths.
Had the Lonmin security guards observed a radio security warning they might never have confronted the enraged miners and suffered fatalities.
Dali Mpofu has accused Nathi Mthethwa of bowing to political pressure and lying to the Farlam commission, saying he should be charged with murder.
An international policing expert, Gary White, says there were major problems with Marikana's planning, intelligence, and command and control.
Stabbing, hacking, shooting and burning were "necessary" to make miners aware of the strike.
Mr X has asked the Marikana chair to halt the commission so he could consult his traditional healer after feeling sick.
EFF leader Julius Malema was ordered to leave Parliament after refusing to withdraw remarks that the ANC was responsible for the Marikana massacre.
A unit commander has told the Farlam commission he could not recall ever seeing the police's official crime scene policy.
Head commissioner Ian Farlam has granted the SAPS a postponement for Mr X's testimony to be heard on June 19 rather than June 9.
Inconsistencies and contradictions taint the SAPS's version of events at Marikana in August 2012.
Rehad Desai's documentary 'Miners Shot Down' is compelling viewing even if there are moments at which one wants to turn away.
One of the Marikana police shooters has told the Farlam commission he shot a striking mineworker after he was charged at with a spear.
Creating the film about the Marikana massacre has changed the director's life forever.
Mr X will not testify at the Marikana commission this week due to arrangements with Lonmin mine taking longer than expected.
The inquiry's new mandate appears to "immunise" the government from culpability for the massacre.