Marikana miners shot some victims

By Drum Digital
27 November 2013

Protesting miners at Marikana shot some of their colleagues in a clash with police in August last year, a senior police officer said.

Wounds suffered by some of the dead mineworkers come from firearms seized by the protesters from Lonmin mine security guards, Brigadier Adriaan Calitz said in Centurion.

He was testifying before the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the deaths of 44 people during strike-related unrest at Lonmin's platinum mining operations at Marikana, near Rustenburg in North West.

Thirty-four people, mostly striking miners, were shot dead on 16 August 2012, and 78 were wounded when police fired on them while trying to disperse and disarm a group which had gathered on a hill near Lonmin's mining operations.

In the preceding week, 10 people, including two policeman and two security guards, were killed near the mine.

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