South Africa: Second-year anniversary of massacre at Lonmin’s Marikana mine | Menzi Kulati | 16 August 2014

Aftermath: Police check bodies of South African miners at the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg

Aftermath: Police check bodies of South African miners at the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg

Footage shot at the scene clearly shows officers firing live ammunition from automatic weapons

Footage shot at the scene clearly shows officers firing live ammunition from automatic weapons

Taking cover: Protesting miners can be seen cowering within the gun sights of an police officer

Taking cover: Protesting miners can be seen cowering within the gun sights of an police officer

At the centre of violence: The Lonmin PLC mine, near Rustenburg, 100km north-west of Johannesburg

At the centre of violence: The Lonmin PLC mine, near Rustenburg, 100km north-west of Johannesburg

Surrounded: Police form an armed cordon around strikers. Unclear whether these miners are injured

Surrounded: Police form an armed cordon around strikers. Unclear whether these miners are injured

Violence: A mine worker is pictured licking his spear at Lonmins Marikana platinum mine

Violence: A mine worker is pictured licking his spear at Lonmins Marikana platinum mine

Bloody scenes: The shooting was one of the worst in South Africa since the end of the apartheid era

Bloody scenes: The shooting was one of the worst in South Africa since the end of the apartheid era

Sticks and stones versus bullets: Miners can be seen between police vehicles throwing rocks at offic

Sticks and stones versus bullets: Miners can be seen between police vehicles throwing rocks at offic

Gun battle: In the heat of the incident, dust flies and police take cover.

Gun battle: In the heat of the incident, dust flies and police take cover.

The 16th Aug 2014 marks the second-year anniversary of the Marikana massacre, which resulted in 44 dead and 75 injured after a week of unauthorised strike action at Lonmin’s Marikana mines.

In the defining incident of the massacre, 34 mine workers were shot and killed by members of the South African Police Service.

The Marikana Commission of Inquiry (Commission) was appointed by the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Jacob Zuma, in terms of section 84(2)(f) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa of 1996, on 23 August 2012.
 
Its mandate arising from the Terms of Reference promulgated on 12 September 2012 is to investigate matters of public, national and international concern arising out of the tragic incidents at the Lonmin Mine in Marikana, in the North West Province which took place on about Saturday 11 August to Thursday 16 August, 2012 which led to the deaths of approximately 44 people, more than 70 persons being injured, approximately 250 people being arrested. 

The President appointed Honourable Judge Ian Gordon Farlam, a retired judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal as Chairperson of the Commission and Adv Bantubonke Regent Tokota, SC and Advocate Pingla Devi Hemraj SC, as its additional members.

All pictures: Daily Mail

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