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Marikana massacre: Four years on and no changes for community

In August 2012 a total of 44 people were killed during a violent unprotected strike over wages.

Hundreds of people gathered on the koppie to remember the miners who died in the Marikana Massacre on 16 August 2012.

Today marks exactly four years since 34 miners were gunned down by police in Marikana and the families involved say not much has changed for them or the community as a whole.

In August 2012 a total of 44 people were killed during a violent unprotected strike over wages at the North West platinum mine.

Since then, a commission of inquiry has released a report, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has been suspended and the outcome of an inquiry into her conduct is due but for thousands of mine workers in Marikana say their situation remains the same.

On 16 August 2012, after 10 people had already been killed, the then North West Police Commissioner Zukiswa Mbombo announced that the strike in Marikana must come to an end.

"We've deployed these various means in order to make sure that today we end this violence."

Shortly afterwards, police officers moved in and attempted to disarm thousands of miners who gathered on the infamous koppie but their operation took a dramatic turn.

Today mine workers say they are still waiting for a public apology from those involved in the shooting and compensation from government.

Living conditions remain poor and 13,500 miners are still waiting for formal accommodation.

Today, families of the victims, union members and religious leaders will gather at the koppie to commemorate those who were killed four years ago.

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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 miners went on 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.

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.

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