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SeriNews24 reports that Friday marked seven years since 34 mineworkers were shot dead in a burst of police gunfire during a protest at the then Lonmin Platinum's Marikana operations, but families have yet to see justice.  

The mass shootings were at two sites around a koppie where workers had gathered during a strike, demanding a minimum salary of R12,500 a month.  Ten people, including security guards and police officers, were killed in the days preceding the massacre.  The Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI) pointed out:  "Only eight police officers, including Major General William Mpembe, in his capacity as former North West deputy police commissioner, have been charged for crimes related to the massacre.  The eight have been charged for the deaths of three striking mineworkers and two police officers who were killed on 13 August 2012 and for failing to disclose a death in police custody and for lying to the Farlam Commission.  Despite having dockets since 2017, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has failed to prosecute anyone for the deaths on 16 August 2012."  The Marikana massacre came during the rise of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).  The union wants 16 August to be declared a public holiday in honour of workers, instead of the international workers day of 1 May that SA country marks.  Lonmin has since been acquired by Sibanye-Stillwater.

  • Read the full original of the above report by Jenni Evans at News24


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