Lonmin Massacre Commission Clears Ramaphosa, Seeks Police Probe

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Marikana Mine Deaths
A group of men carry the body of Mpuzeni Ngxande, one of the 34 striking miners that were killed by police on August 16, near the Lonmin mine in Marikana on August 31, 2012. Photographer: Rodger Bosch/AFP via Getty Images

A commission into the deaths of 44 people at Lonmin Plc’s Marikana mine in South Africa in 2012 cleared the country’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa of wrongdoing and recommended that the fitness of the police commissioner to hold office be investigated.

On Aug. 16, 2012 police killed 34 protesting miners and another 10 died in violence leading up to the massacre.

Ramaphosa, as a director of Lonmin at the time, had been accused of inciting the police to take action against the protesters. South Africa’s police commissioner is Riah Phiyega.

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