Marikana Murder: Three Men Sentenced To 123 Years


Marikana Murder: The life of Samancor Chrome mine’s Human Resource manager Goodman Zalukano was bubbling three years ago before three of his colleagues ended it tragically.

After Zalukano’s death, the trio – who were also workers in Samacour Chrome mine in Marikana, near Rustenburg in the North West – advanced towards another colleague, Thandi Zulakangana and attempted to kill her.

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The victims were accosted by the three heavily armed men while coming from a local bottle store at Kroondal Shopping complex in 2014.

The court heard on Monday that during the attack, Zulakangana, who was pregnant at the time, was shot and sustained serious injuries in her stomach. The incident also claimed the life of her unborn child afterwards.

However, SABC News Online reported that after three years of long court battles, justice was finally served this week. The three men were slapped with a total of 123 years in prison by the Mahikeng High Court.

The court ordered that Anele Zonke will serve 42 years in jail, while Sandiso Majaca and Siyabulela Nqwilelo will serve 41-year jail terms respectively.

Mail and Guardian reported that at the time of the incident, Zonke was 22-years-old, Siyabulela Maqwiliso was 34, while Sandiso Majaca was 25.

The bad boy of the group, Zonke, at the time, was severally mentioned in connection with the murder of a Lonmin miner, Bongani “Bhayi” Mehlonkomo, who was gunned down on his way from work in Marikana. This is according to the testimony of a miner who later turned police witness. The miner, for security reasons, was dubbed Mr. X at the time.

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Mr. X repeatedly mentioned Zonke and Mehlonkomo’s names, implicating them in the deaths and damage to property caused by miners a week before the August 16, 2012, Marikana massacre.

Marikana massacre site

August 16, 2012, Marikana massacre is fondly remembered in the history of South Africa as the day the South African Police Service opened fire on a crowd of striking mineworkers at Marikana, some 100km northwest of Johannesburg in the North West Province.

The fateful event left 34 mineworkers dead, 78 wounded and more than 250 people were arrested.

The protesting mineworkers were demanding a wage increase at the Lonmin platinum mine. The event has been described as the biggest incident of police brutality since the advent of democracy and it revived memories of the brutality suffered under Apartheid security police.