The Marikana Massacre that occurred on 16 August 2012 is considered the single most lethal use of force by South African security forces against civilians since 1960. The tragic event that took place at Lonmin Mines was also on the 25-year anniversary of a nationwide South African miners’ strike and claimed the lives of 47 people including miners, two police officers and four security guards.
78 people were fatally wounded at two locations 500 metres from each other. The vast majority of those killed were killed by gunfire from the R5 assault rifle used by the South African Police Service (SAPS).
South Africans have taken to their social media to remember this massacre. Here are some of the tweets:
Remembering Marikana, five years on today.@josephmathunjwa
— #CountryDuty (@CountryDutyZA) ">August 16, 2017
— Corruption Watch (@Corruption_SA) ">August 16, 2017
— Reclaim The City (@ReclaimCT) ">August 16, 2017
— SERI (@SERI_RightsSA) ">August 15, 2017
— Bongiwe Khumalo (@Bongiwe_Khumalo) ">August 16, 2017
— Azania Afrika (@SAYoungLion) ">August 16, 2017
— Khanyisa.R (@Khanyisa_r) ">August 16, 2017
You had to face fury of profits vs your own lives & dignity as blacks slaving in mines owned by London mine magnates- Renwick. pic.twitter.com/5tSyJ7aqIH
— Brian Tloubatla (@BUngovernable) ">August 16, 2017
— Donald Marimbe (@donaldmarimbe) ">August 16, 2017