Oct 05, 2022
It has been a decade since the Marikana Massacre.
On 16 August 2012, rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades herded striking miners towards Tactical Response Team members, who, along with other units, were armed with R5 rifles capable of automatic fire. They shot and killed 34 miners and left 78 seriously injured.
What did these miners do to find themselves in this deadly predicament?
They were striking for better working conditions and an increase in wages of R12500 per month(approximately £600). Their employer, Lonmin mine’s market capitalisation was £18.32 billion.