Marikana massacre, 55 seconds later: Cease fire? What cease fire?
Fifty-five seconds after police in Marikana yelled “cease fire”, officers were still shooting live ammunition at koppie one. There is no evidence yet to justify the continued firing at the mineworkers. Meanwhile, at the Commission, Dali Mpofu’s team has just returned and Legal Aid South Africa is already challenging the decision to fund the legal costs of injured and arrested mineworkers.
South African ex-union official shot dead in Marikana
A former National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) shop steward has died in hospital after he was shot seven times at Lonmin’s Marikana mine in Rustenburg on Sunday evening, the group said in a statement.
The man, ambushed outside his home in the mining town of Mooinooi, became the fourth person with ties to the NUM murdered in the platinum belt region in the past three months. The crimes are believed to be linked to ongoing rivalry between NUM and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).