Police surround the bodies of striking miners after opening fire on a crowd at the Lonmin platinum mine near Rustenburg. Photo: AP.
Police surround the bodies of striking miners after opening fire on a crowd at the Lonmin platinum mine near Rustenburg. Photo: AP.
Police surround the bodies of striking miners after opening fire on a crowd  at the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg. Photo: AP
Police surround the bodies of striking miners after opening fire on a crowd at the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg. Photo: AP
A policeman gestures in front of some of the dead miners after they were shot outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters
A policeman gestures in front of some of the dead miners after they were shot outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters
Policemen in teargas and dust open fire on striking miners at the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg. Photo: AP
Policemen in teargas and dust open fire on striking miners at the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg. Photo: AP
Bodies of striking miners lay on the ground after police opened fire on a crowd at the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg. Photo: AP
Bodies of striking miners lay on the ground after police opened fire on a crowd at the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg. Photo: AP
Police surround the bodies of striking miners after opening fire on a crowd at the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg. Photo: AP
Police surround the bodies of striking miners after opening fire on a crowd at the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg. Photo: AP
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A mans body laying on the scene in Rustenburg and Brits were a police officer was hacked to death during the violence protest in Lonmin mines.
Picture: Leon Nicholas
277 13-08-2012 A mans body laying on the scene in Rustenburg and Brits were a police officer was hacked to death during the violence protest in Lonmin mines. Picture: Leon Nicholas
Striking miners chant slogans outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters
Striking miners chant slogans outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters
A policeman gestures in front of some of the dead miners after they were shot outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters
A policeman gestures in front of some of the dead miners after they were shot outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters
Policemen run in front of some of the dead miners after they were shot outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters
Policemen run in front of some of the dead miners after they were shot outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters
A paramedic (front L) receives help from a policewomen as he tends to the injured after protesting miners were shot outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters
A paramedic (front L) receives help from a policewomen as he tends to the injured after protesting miners were shot outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters
Policemen look at an injured protesting miner (bottom R) after they were shot outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters
Policemen look at an injured protesting miner (bottom R) after they were shot outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters
A policeman carries weapons that were used by protesting miners after they were shot outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters
A policeman carries weapons that were used by protesting miners after they were shot outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters
Paramedics carry an injured man after protesting miners were shot outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters
Paramedics carry an injured man after protesting miners were shot outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters
(File photo) Protesting miners approach the police before they were shot at outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters
(File photo) Protesting miners approach the police before they were shot at outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters
Policemen inspect one of the dead miners after they were shot outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters
Policemen inspect one of the dead miners after they were shot outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters
Protesting miners react as the police shot at them outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters
Protesting miners react as the police shot at them outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters
Policemen react after firing shots at protesting miners outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters
Policemen react after firing shots at protesting miners outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters
A protester covers his face outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg, 100 km northwest of Johannesburg. Photo: Reuters
A protester covers his face outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg, 100 km northwest of Johannesburg. Photo: Reuters
(File photo) A protester holds a placard outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Police opened fire on thousands of striking miners armed with machetes and sticks at Lonmin's Marikana platinum mine, leaving several bloodied corpses lying on the ground. Photo: Reuters
(File photo) A protester holds a placard outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Police opened fire on thousands of striking miners armed with machetes and sticks at Lonmin's Marikana platinum mine, leaving several bloodied corpses lying on the ground. Photo: Reuters
A protester licks his spear outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters
A protester licks his spear outside the Lonmin mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters
(File photo) Protesters sing as they hold weapons outside a mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters
(File photo) Protesters sing as they hold weapons outside a mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters
Paramedics carry an injured man after protesting miners were shot outside a South African mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters
Paramedics carry an injured man after protesting miners were shot outside a South African mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters
A policeman gestures in front of some of the dead miners after they were shot outside a South African mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters
A policeman gestures in front of some of the dead miners after they were shot outside a South African mine in Rustenburg. Photo: Reuters
16/08/2012 Some of the Lonmin striking mineworkers lie dead near Wonderkop informal settlement after they were shot by members police near Rustenburg.

Picture: Phill Magakoe
16/08/2012 Some of the Lonmin striking mineworkers lie dead near Wonderkop informal settlement after they were shot by members police near Rustenburg. Picture: Phill Magakoe
16/08/2012 Some of the Lonmin striking mineworkers lie dead near Wonderkop informal settlement after they were shot by members police near Rustenburg.

Picture: Phill Magakoe
16/08/2012 Some of the Lonmin striking mineworkers lie dead near Wonderkop informal settlement after they were shot by members police near Rustenburg. Picture: Phill Magakoe
16/08/2012 Some of the Lonmin striking mineworkers lie dead near Wonderkop informal settlement after they were shot by members police near Rustenburg.

Picture: Phill Magakoe
16/08/2012 Some of the Lonmin striking mineworkers lie dead near Wonderkop informal settlement after they were shot by members police near Rustenburg. Picture: Phill Magakoe
(File photo) Striking miners chant slogans outside a mine in Rustenburg, 100 km north-west of Johannesburg. Photo: Reuters
(File photo) Striking miners chant slogans outside a mine in Rustenburg, 100 km north-west of Johannesburg. Photo: Reuters
Police surround the bodies of striking miners after opening fire on a crowd at the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg. Photo: AP
Police surround the bodies of striking miners after opening fire on a crowd at the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg. Photo: AP
A policeman runs from teargas after police opened fire on striking miners at the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg. Photo: AP
A policeman runs from teargas after police opened fire on striking miners at the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg. Photo: AP
Striking miners sing, chant, march and dance with weapons at the Lonmin mine near Rustenburg. Photo: AP
Striking miners sing, chant, march and dance with weapons at the Lonmin mine near Rustenburg. Photo: AP
Striking mineworkers throw stones as police open fire on striking miners at the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg, South Africa. Police opened fire on a crowd of striking workers at a platinum mine, leaving an unknown number of people injured and possibly dead. Photo: AP
Striking mineworkers throw stones as police open fire on striking miners at the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg, South Africa. Police opened fire on a crowd of striking workers at a platinum mine, leaving an unknown number of people injured and possibly dead. Photo: AP

Police at Lonmin mine opened fire on striking miners, killing at least 25 people and injuring dozens.

"The South African Police Service was viciously attacked by the group, using a variety of weapons, including firearms," said Captain Dennis Adriao.