Marikana massacre: Report shows Lonmin has failed to deliver

Many promises have been made to the community to address issues such as housing, water & sanitation.

FILE: A child walks through a muddy road in Nkanyeng Township in Marikana, Wednesday 8 April 2015. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Amnesty International has released a report showing that platinum producer Lonmin has failed to provide adequate housing for its employees, four years after the mass killings in Marikana which made international headlines.

The poor conditions Lonmin mineworkers lived under came to the fore in 2012 when 44 people were killed in the North West, 34 of them by police during a violent unprotected strike.

Since then, many promises have been made to the community to address issues such as housing, water and sanitation.

Amnesty International has released a scathing report about Lonmin and how it has consistently failed to deliver on a social and labour plan to build houses for employees, a day before the four-year anniversary of the Marikana massacre.

The report shows that 13,500 employees still need formal accommodation, while Lonmin says it has built over 2,600 accommodation units since 2012 and has plans to build many more.

Mineworkers in the area are adamant that their living conditions haven't changed much in four years despite several promises.

There will be a commemoration service in the area tomorrow to mark four years since the tragedy.