Marikana community still seeks justice 5 years after mass shooting

Despite a commission of inquiry, no one has yet been prosecuted and the families of the victims and the injured miners have not yet been compensated by the government.

FILE: Miners gather during commemorations to mark the fourth anniversary of the Marikana Massacre in Rustenburg on August 16, 2016. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG – The Marikana community is still seeking justice five years after a mass shooting that stunned the nation.

A total of 44 people were killed, 34 of them at the hands of police during a violent unprotected strike at the Lonmin platinum mine in the North West.

Despite a commission of inquiry, no one has yet been prosecuted and the families of the victims and the injured miners have not yet been compensated by the government.

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

“Today we end this violence.”

Police officers attempted to disarm thousands of miners who had gathered on the infamous koppie, but their operation took a dramatic turn.

Five years on and no one has been prosecuted, families haven’t been compensated and living conditions in Marikana are only starting to improve.

On Wednesday, thousands will gather in the area to pay tribute to those who lost their lives.