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15th June 2024

In conversation with families of Marikana massacre victims

In 2012 today, 34 mineworkers were killed when police opened fire with automatic weapons at Lonmin’s platinum mine in Marikana in the North West province. The workers had gathered during a strike, demanding a minimum salary of R12500 a month. When the tragic events at Marikana – this day seven years ago – are remembered, the deaths of 34 miners are often the focus. But ten people, including two policemen and two Lonmin security guards, were killed the previous week, also leaving behind loved ones. To discuss we’re joined by the widow of warrant officer, Sello Lepaaku, Petunia Lepaaku.