Lonmin's CEO (and others) discusses the Marikana massacre, 4 years on

I saw dozens of bodies lying in front of me.

Gia Niccolaides, EWN

Lonmin has converted most hostels into family accommodation. But, in doing so, they’re able to accommodate far fewer people than before.

David van Wyk

The living conditions of our employees are not something I am proud of.

Ben Magara, CEO of Lonmin

It’s been four years since the Marikana massacre - the single most lethal use of force by South African security forces against civilians since 1960.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Lonmin CEO Ben Magara, EWN’s Gia Niccolaides and researcher David van Wyk.

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

I remember clearly the events of four years ago…

Gia Niccolaides, EWN

Some of those miners moved towards the police and that was when chaos erupted.

Gia Niccolaides, EWN

The first shots were fired just before 4.00pm.

Gia Niccolaides, EWN

Police were trying to get us out of the area while the paramedics were picking up the bodies.

Gia Niccolaides, EWN

The workers are perhaps exactly where they were before in terms of the buying power of the rand.

David van Wyk

We should’ve looked at the mining industry as a whole. The scope of the Farlam Commission should have been wider.

David van Wyk

The issue of housing should be addressed throughout the mining industry.

David van Wyk

Living in squalor contributes to tension and conflict.

David van Wyk

Shebeens are the only recreation in the informal settlements around the mines.

David van Wyk

The squalor is the result of collective bargaining back in the 1990s.

Ben Magara, CEO of Lonmin

The kids of the miners who died are all in school. We’re proud of our efforts there.

Ben Magara, CEO of Lonmin

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