Timeline: Marikana - the massacre, inquiry and final report

2015-06-25 17:30

16 August 2012

Police shoot 34 miners, injure more than 70 and arrests hundreds more in what would later be known as the Marikana Massacre. 

17 August 2012

President Jacob Zuma leaves a SADC summit in Maputo, Mozambique, to visit the site of the massacre where he promised that a commission of inquiry would be set up. Zuma also makes a trip to the hospital to visit the injured. 

23 August 2012

The commission of inquiry into what happened at Marikana is officially appointed by Zuma. Retired judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal, Ian Farlam, is appointed as chair of the commission. 

18 September 2012

The violent mining strike ends.  

1 October 2012

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry begins hearing evidence.

11 March 2013

 Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) official Steve Khululekile dies.

15 March 2013

National police commissioner General Riah Phiyegah testifies at the inquiry.

24 March 2013

One of the sangomas believed to have performed rituals on the striking miners dies.

6 May 2013

Mine worker Lungani Mabutyana commits suicide at the scene of the massacre.

28 May 2013

The Farlam Commission is extended, and later delayed due to costs.


17 June 2013

A cleansing ceremony is performed by the families of the deceased miners.

15 April 2014

Police witness Mr X's on-camera testimony is ruled as admissible.

11 August 2014

Deputy President Cyril begins testifying at the Farlam Commission.

14 November 2014

Farlam Commission officially closes.

31 March  2015

Judge Ian Farlam hands over the commission's report to the presidency.

25 May 2015 

Families of the deceased and injured approach the court to have the report released.

25 June 2015

Presidency announces that Zuma will release the Marikana Report and address the nation.

- Additional footage SABC Online

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