Police to Probe Mine Violence in South Africa

Unrest at Lonmin - one of the world's largest platinum-producing mines - led to the deaths of several people, including police, after nearly a week's strike action involving rival unions.


  • South Africa:  Workers Continue to Protest After Mine Violence

    South African Press Association, 14 August 2012

    Striking miners vowed on Tuesday to stay at the top of a hill in Wonderkop, near Lonmin's Marikana mine, until their pay was pushed up to R12,500 a month. read more »

  • South Africa:  Platinum Producers and the Tarnished Communities They Leave Behind

    Daily Maverick, 15 August 2012

    Protests are rocking the platinum industry, with clashes between unions cited as a main cause. The unions play a key role, but unless the mining giants transform their impact on ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Lonmin's Killing Fields

    Daily Maverick, 14 August 2012

    Two police officers were hacked to death at a Lonmin platinum mine on Monday, where workers have been protesting. Already at least seven people have been killed. The arrival of ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Police, Miners Killed in Platinum Mine Violence

    South African Press Association, 13 August 2012

    Nine people have been killed at Lonmin's Marikana mine in the North West, police said on Monday evening. read more »



A worker on duty (file photo): Violence at the Lonmin Marikana mine has been linked to clashes between members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), which are reportedly fighting for control of local mines.