Lonmin massacre: a timeline

Time of article published Aug 17, 2012

Share this article:

td.head {

background: url("http://iol.co.za/polopoly_fs/1.1364632.1345187351!/image/2369499942.jpg");

height: 110px;

}

td { padding: 10px;

font-family: arial, sans-serif, helvetica;

font-size: 0.9em;

line-height: 1.4em;

border: solid 1px #D6D6D6

}

tr {

margin-top: 10px;

}

li {

margin-bottom: 5px;

margin-left: 10px;

}

td.left {

background:#E5E5E5;

text-align: right;

font-size: 0.8em;

}

 

Friday 10 August

- Violence erupts at Lonmin's Marikana mine sparked by a protest by 3,000 rock-drill operators over wages. It continues over the weekend and into Monday, claiming the lives of at least eight Lonmin workers and two policemen.

Tuesday 14 August

- Violence continues, claiming more lives.

- Lonmin halts production.

Wednesday 15 August

- Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu says she is "gravely concerned" about the violent protests at Marikana after skirting the issue the day before.

- Police and striking miners later try to negotiate a truce on a hill near the Lonmin mine where striking miners had gathered.

- Lonmin refrains from issuing letters to striking workers warning of dismissals in order to avoid "harming" ongoing negotiations.

Thursday 16 August

- Six people are arrested following violent protests at Lonmin's mine.

- Police officials order thousands of illegally striking miners to leave Marikana mine or face an assault by security forces. "Today is unfortunately D-day," police spokesman Dennis Adriao says.

- Lonmin says it has lost six days or 15 000 ounces of platinum at Marikana and is unlikely to meet its full-year production target of 750 000 ounces despite issuing striking workers with an ultimatum that they return to work by Friday or face dismissal.

- Lonmin says it is monitoring the additional pressure which the current disruption to production may put on its bank debt covenants when it is next tested on September 30.

- Lonmin says chief executive Ian Farmer is admitted to hospital with a serious illness.

- At least 30 people are killed or wounded after police open fire on striking miners.

Friday 17 August

- Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa tells Talk Radio 702 that more than 30 people were killed and that "many" more were injured.

- NUM general secretary Frans Baleni says union shopstewards report that 36 union members were killed at Marikana.

- Lonmin shares drop almost five percent in London and four percent in Johannesburg following news of the shooting.

- President Jacob Zuma confirms that he will leave the SADC summit in Mozambique to visit the site of the massacre at Marikana.

- 1pm: National Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega confirms that 34 people were killed at Marikana, 78 were injured and 259 were arrested.

Share this article: