South African police shoot at striking miners on August 16, 2012.
Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative photographer Greg Marinovich has accused the South Africa’s police forces of murdering the Marikana striking miners “in cold blood”.
“Of the 34 miners killed at Marikana, no more than a dozen of the dead were captured in news footage shot at the scene,” Marinovich wrote on the Daily Maverick
He added that, some of those who died in the incident were shot at close range or crushed by police vehicles.
“I say murderer because there is not a single report on an injured policeman from the day... police statement clearly states that the police acted in self-defense, despite the fact that not a single policeman suffered any injury on 16 August,” Marinovich argued.
The South African photographer further noted that, only a minority of the striking miners were killed in the filmed event and “the rest was murder on a massive scale.”
“It is possible to interpret what happened in the filmed events as an over-reaction by the police to a threat. What happened afterwards... is quite different. That police armored vehicles drove over prostrate miners cannot be described as self-defense or as any kind of public order policing,” Marinovich wrote.
On August 16, South African police opened fire on striking miners at Lonmin platinum mine in the town of Marikana, killing 34 strikers and injuring dozens of others at the mine.
Lonmin, whose operational headquarters is located in Johannesburg, is reportedly the world's third-largest platinum producer with approximately 28,000 employees.
South Africa is home to nearly 80 percent of the world’s platinum reserves.