Lonmin massacre: a timeline

2012-09-10 12:20

Watch this series of videos highlighting the key events leading up to and post the Lonmin mine massacre.

Somiao Taula Dolane, 55, dies, a day after he and five other miners were violently assaulted on their way to work at the Karee mine in Marikana.

August 10 - Strike begins

3 000 rock drillers down tools during an illegal strike, demanding R12 500 a month instead of the R4 000 they said they receive although this figure is disputed as the strike wears on. Four miners shot and injured while on their way to work.

Two policemen and one striking miner are killed during clashes between police and strikers. Another policeman is critically injured.

August 16 - Footage shot on the day of the shootings

August 18 - Malema addresses miners

Lonmin issues an ultimatum to workers to either return to work on 20 August or face dismissal. President Jacob Zuma declares 20-26 August a week of mourning.

August 23 - National day of mourning and memorial service

Read more on:    mining unrest

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