On the 16th of August 2012 the South African Police service opened fire on a crowd of striking mineworkers who were demanding a wage increase at the Lonmin Platinum mine.. This was the biggest police brutality incident since the birth of democracy in South Africa. This incident left 34 miners dead, 78 wounded and more than 250 people arrested on that day. 

After the massacre at Marikana, the Marikana Commission of Inquiry was appointed by president Jacob Zuma to investigate matters of public, national and international concern arising out of the tragic incidents of that day. 

It is now more than two years later after the incident and the inquiry on what happened on that day still continues.


The Marikana Commission of Inquiry’s members, members of the South African Police Service, journalists and the family members of the deceased miners visit the site of the massacre at Marikana.