On 16 August, 2012, a week of bloody clashes at the Lonmin platinum mine in the North West’s Marikana ended with police opening fire on a crowd of striking workers and killing 34 of them. The most lethal use of state force in post-apartheid South Africa’s history, the Marikana massacre[…]
South Africa’s Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) President, Joseph Mathunjwa says to date no one has taken responsibility for the massacre of the mineworkers. He added that the mining company Lonmin has failed to improve the lives of the mining community as they had promised. “How many houses[…]
A group of 16 mine workers accused of killings during the Marikana unrest in 2012 will know on Friday if their prosecution will continue. They will appear in the North West High Court sitting in Mogwase outside Rustenburg. This follows their application to the high court that charges against them[…]
By Tauhierah Salie Today marks the day that 34 miners of the Lonmin Platinum mine were gunned down in the Marikana area, by police during a strike for higher pay, six years ago. The Ex Mine Workers Union, under the banner of unpaid benefits Campaign and in solidarity with the[…]
wo proposals made at Winnie Madikizela Mandela’s funeral on Saturday are likely to promote serious political discourse. This is according to PAC leader Luthando Mbinda who has objected saying his party has long been calling for the airport to be renamed after its founding leader, Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe. “It will be[…]
The trial of 18 suspects linked to crimes in Marikana in 2012 is expected to resume at the Mahikeng High Court sitting in Mogwase outside Rustenburg Monday morning. They are facing charges of murder, robbery, malicious damage to property and unlawful possession of firearm and ammunition following a violent strike[…]
Hundreds of people, including children, have fled Cape Town’s Marikana informal settlement as gangs and community protection patrols fight it out in a war that has left 23 dead in the past three weeks. At night residents are woken by the sound of automatic gunfire as the patrols and criminals[…]
Men dressed in white overalls with green and yellow stripes, wearing black safety boots, and carrying their “skafting” (lunch-box) walk the dusty roads of Marikana in the North West. They return home from the Rowlands mineshaft, which belongs to platinum miner Lonmin, and where most of them are employed. It[…]
Amnesty International urged South African authorities to move forward with prosecutions over the killing by police of 34 people in a single day at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum operations five years ago. “The tragedy of the Marikana killings is compounded by the shocking fact that no one responsible for the bloodshed[…]
The Chairperson of Parliament’s Police Portfolio Committee, Francois Beukma, says they will seek legal advice this week following suspended National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega’s decision to challenge the findings of the Claasen report. According to the report, Phiyega is unfit to hold office. She was suspended in 2015. The move[…]
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