The Marikana Massacre: As it happened in 2012

Strike leader Mgcineni Noki, also known as the man in green blanket, rallied the miners at Marikana ahead of their encounter with police that left more than 35 miners dead who were shot by the police Picture:Leon Sadiki. 2012-08-16
Strike leader Mgcineni Noki, also known as the man in green blanket, rallied the miners at Marikana ahead of their encounter with police that left more than 35 miners dead who were shot by the police Picture:Leon Sadiki. 2012-08-16

It’s been 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.

Ten people, including security guards and police officers, were killed in the run-up to the mass shootings at two sites around a koppie where workers had gathered during their strike, demanding a minimum salary of R12 500 a month.

Much has been said and written about what has become known as the Marikana Massacre, and a commission of inquiry was set up to find out exactly what happened. But there were journalists on the ground when it all went down.

This is how they reported on the Marikana Massacre in August 2012.

This week City Press went back to Marikana. Read our feature on this ghostly mining town in Sunday’s print edition.

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