The Massacre in Marikana

The Massacre in Marikana

An examination of the massacre of miners at one of South Africa’s biggest mines.

Latest from this investigation

The Bureau looks at Lonmin Plc’s role in events surrounding the Marikana massacre.

Key findings:

* Lonmin officials and police planned to break the strike decisively after first discussing the ‘political connotations’

* Lonmin’s 500-strong private security personnel  supplied CCTV surveillance, helicopters, jail cells and ambulances to the police operation

* Lonmin security were armed with live ammunition and deployed around the site on the day of the massacre

* Top Lonmin executives lobbying politicians and police chiefs to increase police presence at the mine

* The London listed company was facing intense financial pressures in the months leading up to the massacre