The Marikana Massacre, which occurred on August 16, 2012, was a tragic and deeply unsettling event in South African history. In the town of Marikana, North West province, tensions between striking mine workers and the authorities reached a devastating climax when police opened fire on the protesters. The workers, primarily employed by Lonmin, a platinum mining company, were demanding higher wages and improved working conditions.
The confrontation resulted in the deaths of 34 miners and the injury of many others, marking a stark reminder of the social and economic inequalities that persist in post-apartheid South Africa. The Marikana Massacre highlighted the urgent need for reform in the mining industry and drew attention to the broader issues of labor rights, economic disparity, and police brutality in the country.
The incident sparked widespread outrage and calls for justice, leading to extensive investigations and efforts to address the underlying causes of the tragedy.
On August 16, 2012, 34 people, mostly employed by Lonmin platinum mines, were killed after police opened fire on striking miners. One year later, we visit the families of those most affected.
Fate of the families – Hi Resolution .PDF download (Appeared in the August 16 to 22, 2013 edition).
Final report of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry released in June 2015.