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The shocking collusion behind the Marikana miners' massacre

13 August 2013
A year after the Marikana massacre, miners’ lawyer Jim Nichol looks at the facts revealed by the inquiry

South Africa's miners prepare for mass strikes

23 July 2013
Makhanya is a platinum miner at Amplats mine in Rustenburg and an AMCU union steward. He spoke to Ken Olende about the struggle in the pits

Nelson Mandela now critically ill

25 June 2013
Nelson Mandela was critically ill in hospital as Socialist Worker went to press. 

Shooting at mine in South Africa

04 June 2013
Two men walked into the National Union of Mineworkers office at the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana, South Africa, and shot two officials on Monday of this week. 

New strike at Marikana follows shooting of union militant

14 May 2013
Tensions between unions in South African mines have grown since last year’s massacre of striking miners, writes Rehad Desai

Union rows reflect the struggle in South Africa

30 April 2013
A battle is underway over the leadership of South Africa’s two million-strong union federation Cosatu.

New footage shows horror of the Marikana massacre

15 March 2013
Shocking new footage of the Marikana massacre in South Africa backs the miners’ version of events against police claims. Police shot 112 miners—killing 34—during a strike at Lonmin’s platinum mine last August.

Marikana cops shot injured miners dead, witnesses say

31 December 2012
Some miners at Marikana were shot after being taken into custody by police, new evidence suggests. The evidence was given at South Africa’s Farlam Commission into the massacre.

Eyewitness South Africa: Our struggle in the platinum mines

27 November 2012
Tumi Moloi is a miner working at Amplats mine near Rustenburg. He describes what life is like for miners there—and why they struck for eight weeks

Unite the Resistance round-up

20 November 2012
‘Long live workers. Away with capitalism’ For many a highlight of the Unite the Resistance conference was hearing striking South African miner Tumi Moloi speak.

Who planted weapons on striking miners' bodies at Marikana?

13 November 2012
Jim Nichol, who represents miners’ families at the inquiry into South Africa’s Marikana massacre, reports on developments

South Africa's striking Amplats workers throw out latest offer

12 November 2012
More than 30,000 striking miners at the Amplats platinum mine near Rustenberg in South Africa rejected the firm’s latest pay offer last Saturday.

Amplats miners reject new union deal and vow to fight on

30 October 2012
South Africa’s largest platinum mining company Amplats agreed to reinstate 12,000 miners last week.

The state forces ranged against South Africa's striking miners

30 October 2012
The official commission resumed last week into the police shooting of 112 striking Lonmin platinum miners—killing 34—at Marikana on 16 August.

Inquiry into shooting of striking South African miners begins

09 October 2012
Retired judge Ian Farlam opened the commission last week into the police shooting of 112 striking Lonmin platinum miners—killing 34—at Marikana on 16 August.

Transport workers join South African strike wave

02 October 2012
The Marikana miners at the British-owned Lonmin platinum mine won a pay rise of up to 22  percent. Now others are taking up this demand.

Victory for Marikana miners

25 September 2012
Elated platinum miners at the Marikana mine in South Africa returned to work on Thursday of last week, ending a bitter six-week wildcat strike.

Marikana miners to return to work after accepting 22 percent

19 September 2012
Striking miners at the Marikana platinum mine in South Africa say they will return to work on Thursday morning after accepting a new offer from British-owned mining company Lonmin.

South Africa cops attack miners as fight spreads

18 September 2012
Platinum miners in Marikana, South Africa, protested outside Lonmin’s mine compound on Monday of this week, despite a police crackdown the previous weekend.

Marikana strike spreads to Amplats platinum mine

13 September 2012
Striking Lonmin platinum miners from Marikana in South Africa have picketed out workers at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), South Africa’s largest platinum mining company.

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