Marikana residents hope for change

The community hopes a report into the 2012 violence will add pressure to improve their living conditions.

A child walks through a muddy road in Nkanyeng Township in Marikana on 8 April 2015. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Marikana residents say they hope the release of the Farlam Commission of Inquiry's report into the 2012 shootings will put pressure on government to improve their living conditions.

The commission heard testimony from 50 witnesses about the violence which erupted at the Lonmin platinum mine, and handed its findings to the president last week.

Almost three years ago, 34 miners were shot dead by police during an unprotected strike which made international headlines.

While the report has not yet been made public, miners, their families and the community in Marikana are hoping it will bring change.

Some toilets have been brought in to the informal settlement in Marikana, and water tanks have been provided, but residents say that's the only change they've seen in the past three years.

Many still live surrounded by heaps of litter, no electricity and dilapidated shacks.

It's still unclear if and when the president will release the report outlining the findings about the reasons for the violence in Marikana in 2012.

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