Striking Marikana miners were killers says Zuma

President Jacob Zuma has shown little sympathy for the victims and relatives of the Marikana massacre after he announced that the slain and wounded miners had themselves been killers.

The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) south campus hall was packed … Read the rest

Amcu miners eating human flesh for muti commission hears

“We took some of the flesh of the security [officer]. It was to make our muti strong.”

This was one of the confessions made by Mr X during his first day of testifying at the Marikana commission on Thursday.

Mr … Read the rest

With muti, Marikana mineworkers believed they were invincible

Police at Marikana
Police at Marikana after the shooting

Police crime intelligence gathered information that protesting Marikana mineworkers had performed muti rituals and believed they were invincible before the August 16 shootings last year.

Brigadier Adriaan Calitz told the Farlam Commission of Inquiry … Read the rest

Advocate objects to Afrikaans testimony at Marikana hearing

afrikaans_grafikaSome families of deceased Marikana mineworkers were prejudiced at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry as they did not understand Afrikaans, a lawyer said on Friday.

Dumisa Ntsebeza SC, for the families, brought the complaint shortly after the inquiry resumed its … Read the rest

Malema openly sings banned anti-Afrikaner song

effer3Hundreds of Economic Freedom Fighters braved the scorching sun for the launch of their party at the Nkaneng informal settlement in Marikana, North West on Sunday.

Members dressed in red berets and T-shirts sat on top of a hill while … Read the rest

Malema defies court order, sings ‘Shoot the Boer’ in Marikana

Julius Malema
Julius Malema

By Molaole Montsho and Karabo Ngoepe

Hundreds of Economic Freedom Fighters braved the scorching sun for the launch of their party at the Nkaneng informal settlement in Marikana, North West on Sunday.

Members dressed in red berets and … Read the rest

Marikana inquiry continues

Retired judge Ian Farlam
Retired judge Ian Farlam

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry, which is investigating the deaths of 44 people during strike-related unrest at Lonmin’s platinum mine in Marikana last year, is expected to continue on Tuesday.

This follows the Constitutional Court ruling … Read the rest

Marikana dead to be remembered

African cleansing ceremony at the site of the Marikana killings
African cleansing ceremony at the site of the Marikana killings

The first anniversary of the shooting at Lonmin’s Marikana mine, near Rustenburg in the North West, will be marked during a commemorative rally on Friday.

On August 10 last year, … Read the rest

S. Africa’s Zuma urges peace on Marikana anniversary

Zuma at Marikana
Zuma at Marikana

President Jacob Zuma called for reflection to restore peace in South Africa’s mining industry Wednesday, days before the first anniversary of police shooting dead strikers in the Marikana tragedy.

Friday marks a year after police opened fire … Read the rest

Miner shot dead at Wonderkop

mynerA woman miner was shot dead at a residential area in Wonderkop, near Lonmin’s Marikana mine outside Rustenburg, on Monday, North West police said.

The 44-year-old was shot in the head while returning from a shop at Wonderkop around 12.30pm, … Read the rest

Latest EFF gain confuses mine bosses, ‘Boers’

Lonmin strikers
Lonmin strikers

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) scored a significant political victory at the weekend, when one of the worker leaders at the forefront of the labour strike in Marikana, outside Rustenburg, joined the organisation.

Xolani Nzuza was paraded as … Read the rest