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Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Johannesburg (AFP) – President Jacob Zuma received on Tuesday the official report into the police killing of 34 South African miners in 2012, as rights groups demanded that its findings be quickly made public.

The shooting at the Marikana mine was the worst violence in the country since the advent of democracy in 1994, and evidence at the inquiry tarnished police claims that they had acted in self-defence when they gunned down the striking miners.

In the days before, 10 other people were killed in violence around the platinum mine — including non-striking miners, security guards and two police officers who were hacked to death.

Lawyers for the dead miners’ families blamed the killings on a bout of police revenge, and accused officers of a cover-up.

Zuma, who is visiting Algeria, “will prioritise the consideration of the report on his return”, a statement from his office said, confirming that the document had been received.

But Deprose Muchena, of Amnesty International, said Zuma “must make public the full report as a priority,

“The surviving victims of the tragic events of Marikana and the families of all those who died have a right to receive justice.”

The Marikana Support Campaign group demanded that the report be published within two months, adding that the evidence heard by the inquiry pointed to “some weighty conclusions”.

The presidency made no mention of when it planned to release the report.

Mining house Lonmin was widely criticised during the inquiry for failing to engage with the workers’ wage demands.

It has also been blamed for the murders of its security guards and non-striking miners. The mining house has denied any responsibility.

A cross on a hill pays tribute to the 34 miners killed in 2012 near Lonmin mine in Marikana, in South Africa (AFP Photo/Mujahid Safodien)

A number of the legal teams recommended that senior police officials –- including the former police minister Nathi Mthethwa and national police commissioner Riah Phiyega –- be investigated for murder.

They also argued that Lonmin executives should be charged as accomplices.

But others fingered South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa contacted the ministers of police and mineral resources in the days leading up to the massacre, pushing for police intervention over the strike.

Ramaphosa was not in government at the time, but a non-executive director of Lonmin and a senior leader in the ruling ANC party.

He has maintained he was simply trying to prevent further violence.


Henry Sapiecha


Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Rape Allegations at Barrick Mine

Face Tanzanian Police Probe

June 03, 2011, 2:26 PM EDT

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By David Malingha Doya and Colin McClelland

June 3 (Bloomberg) — Tanzanian police said they are investigating allegations of sexual assault by its officers and security forces at the North Mara mine owned by a subsidiary of Barrick Gold Corp., the world’s largest producer of the metal.

“We expect Barrick, who wrote to us, to lead us to the victims as the starting point of the investigation,” Constantine Massawe, regional police commander in Tarime, where the mine is located, said today in a telephone interview. “We have never received complaints of sexual assault at the mine before.”

Barrick will make public the results of its own investigation into the “highly disturbing” sexual-assault allegations, the company said in a May 30 statement. The rape claims follow a confrontation on May 16 in which Barrick said hundreds of “armed intruders” stormed the mine to loot ore, leading to five deaths.

The alleged sexual attacks were reported to have occurred over the past two years, Andy Lloyd, a Barrick Gold spokesman, said today in a telephone interview.

“We provided this information to police and requested that they conduct an investigation,” he said.

The North Mara mine is operated by London-listed African Barrick Gold Ltd., which was created last year when Toronto- based Barrick spun off its African operations. Barrick shares have declined 15 percent on the Toronto Stock Exchange since April 21, the last trading day before the company announced it agreed to the C$7.3 billion ($7.5 billion) purchase of Equinox Minerals Ltd., which owns the Lumwana copper mine in Zambia.

NGO Investigation

The Legal and Human Rights Center, a Dar es Salaam-based nongovernmental organization looking into the claims, said the alleged victims are afraid to go to police.

“Victims claim to have been raped by police officers and company security guards,” Flavian Charles, program officer at the Legal and Human Rights Center, said in an interview yesterday. “They also fear divorce when their husbands find out they were raped.”

–Editors: Steven Frank, Amanda Jordan.

To contact the reporters on this story: David Malingha Doya in Dar es Salaam at; Colin McClelland in Toronto at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Simon Casey at

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