/ 12 August 2023
The Farlam commission of inquiry is investigating the deaths of 44 people during strike-related unrest at Lonmin platinum's operations at Marikana.

The Marikana Massacre

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.

The Farlam commission of inquiry is investigating the deaths of 44 people during strike-related unrest at Lonmin platinum's operations at Marikana.


Marikana – One year after the massacre

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.

Marikana – the fate of the families (PDF)

Fate of the families – Hi Resolution .PDF download (Appeared in the August 16 to 22, 2013 edition).

Marikana Commission Report (PDF)

Final report of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry released in June 2015.


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Documentary searches for Marikana’s missing answers

New M&G film explores what the events on that fateful day tell us about where we stand as a country


Finding justice 10 years after the Marikana massacre

The family of one of the victims of the shooting has received neither money nor an apology

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Ten years later, still no memorial park at site of Marikana massacre

Sibanye-Stillwater, which inherited the project after purchasing Lonmin, now looks to finish the project by next year.


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