Names of Lonmin dead released

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Tiro Ramatlhatse

Forensic search a crime scene sticking Lonmin's mine workers were massacred by the police. Picture: Tiro Ramatlhatse

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The Independent Police Investigative Directorate has released the names of 43 of the 44 people who died in violent protest at Lonmin's Marikana mine in the North West in the last two weeks.

One person had yet to be identified, it said.

Thirty-four striking workers were shot dead and 78 were wounded last Thursday when police opened fire on a group of protesting miners who had gathered on a hill near the mine.

In the preceding week, 10 people, including two police officers and two security guards, were killed in violent protests at the platinum mine.

The people who died were: Thobile Mpumza; Thabiso Thelejane; Anele Mdizeni; Makhosandile Mkhonjwa; Julius Mancotywa; Janeveke Liau; Thabiso Mosebetsane; Mafolisi Mabiya; Ntandazo Nokamba; Fezile Saphendu; “Ngxande”; Sitelega Gadlela; Henry Pato; Micheal Ngweyi; Patrick Akhona Jijase; Bonginkosi Yona; Andries Msenyeno; Mzukisi Sompeta; Jackson Lehura; Mphumzeni Ngxande; Mpangeli Lukusa and Mongezeleli Ntenetya.

Also killed were: Cebisile Yana; Mguneni Noki; Khawamare Elias Monesa; Bongani Ndongophele; John Ledingoane; Babalo Mtshazi; Thembinkosi Gwelani; Nkosiyabo Xalabile; Bongani Mdze; Teleng Mohai; Modisaotsile Sagalala; Molefi Ntsoele; Hassan Fundi (security guard); Frans Matlhomola Mabelane (security guard); Thapelo Eric Mabebe; Tembelakhe Mati; Hendrick Tsietsi Mohene (policeman); Sello Ronnie Lepaaka (policeman); Sandi Teyise; Mlanduli Hendry Saba; and Pumzile Sokanyile. - Sapa


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