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On August 16,  34 miners were gunned down by the police at a koppie in Marikana. Leading up to that day, 10 people had already lost their lives during an unprotected strike by Lonmin miners for higher wages

Four years later, after a Commission of Inquiry and investigations, NO arrests have been made, NO punitive measures taken against the South African Police Service or Lonmim and the miners’ conditions remain the same

Those who survived that fateful day, continue to live in squalor and earn low wages- far below the R12 500 they demanded

Advocacy group Amnesty International has released a report titled “Smoke and Mirrors” which shows that mining giant Lonmin failed to implement Farlam Commission recommendations to provide adequate housing

In 2014, filmmaker Rehad Desai released a hard hitting film documenting events in the days leading up to and subsequent killings of the miners whose only crime was to ask for a living wage

These are the names of those who lost their lives in the build up to the Marika Massacre

 

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