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.
A witness has described how police shot mercilessly at miners who had run to the smaller koppie and hidden behind rocks and bushes to try and escape.
ANC and NW government officials were conspicuously absent at a rally to commemorate slain miners on the second anniversary of the Marikana massacre.
While the Farlam commission continues, the Marikana massacre has influenced everything from the families to art and politics. Let’s take a look.
The families of those killed in the Marikana massacre have shared heart-rending stories at the Farlam inquiry.
Miners injured at Marikana two years ago want the politicians and police to be charged in an international court.
Two years on, the families of the Marikana victims are still waiting to hear who killed their loved ones, what exactly happened, and why.
The lawyer representing injured and arrested miners at the Farlam probe says the deputy president must account for his actions in a court of law.
The deputy president’s grilling about the part he played in the Lonmin tragedy was interrupted by a crowd calling him a bloody-handed killer.
A miner turned police witness, testifying about the actions of the miners in the lead up to the Marikana massacre, says he was not a police informer.
Accusations Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa faces at the Farlam commission are unlikely to affect his political career and presidential aspirations.
Laying into security chief Dirk Botes, advocate Dali Mpofu said Lonmin’s collusion with the police led to many of the miners’ deaths.
Lonmin is accused of deliberately changing records to conceal that their security personnel had fired shots at strikers.
A member of Lonmin’s tactical response unit has told the Farlam commission that stopping the approximately 3 000 protesters was impossible.
Had the Lonmin security guards observed a radio security warning they might never have confronted the enraged miners and suffered fatalities.