A video containing graphic content shows how heavily armed police shot down thirty striking South African miners at the Lonmin PLC platinum mine at Marikana about 60kms west of Pretoria, "leaving a field strewed with bodies" behind them.
Yesterday on Digital Journal, colleague, Brett Wilkins reported on the incident and at that time the number killed was not known. The New York Times reports this morning that South Africa’s police minister, Nathi Mthethwa, announced that "30 people had been killed in the shooting."
The London-based company, Lonmin , the world's third-largest platinum producer, issued a statement on the shootings in which Lonmin Chairman Roger Phillimore said:
We are treating the developments around police operations this afternoon with the utmost seriousness. The South African Police Service (SAPS) have been in charge of public order and safety on the ground since the violence between competing labour factions erupted over the weekend, claiming the lives of eight of our employees and two police officers. It goes without saying that we deeply regret the further loss of life in what is clearly a public order rather than labour relations associated matter.
This is not the first time Lonmin has been in the news regarding assaults on employees. The 2011 news video clip below gives an eyewitness report and states that close to thirty employees were targeted and tortured in connection to the stealing of platinum from the mine.