MARIKANA – On this day four years ago, police opened fire on striking mineworkers in Marikana.
A total of 34 people were killed on 16 August 2012, but 44 people in total died during protests over better wages.
Mineworkers at Lonmin had downed tools when the platinum miner failed to meet their demand for a R12,500 basic salary.
Fast forward to 2016, and mineworkers are still faced with more or less the same issues.
Amcu says it wants to use this day to remember the fallen workers.
The labour union will launch the Marikana Massacre Amcu Trust Fund and a housing project to assist the families of those who died.
At the same time, the Farlam Commission of Inquiry recommended — among others — that the SAPS look into it public order policing unit and the way it deals with protests.