Overview16 August massacreBackgroundFirst protestsPrior peaceful protests and fatal clashesFollowing protestsOther protestsArrests
On the afternoon of 16 August, members of a contingent of the South African Police Service, from an elite special unit, opened fire with assault rifles R5 rifles, on a group of strikers. Within minutes 34 miners were killed, and at least 78 were wounded. The incident was the single most lethal use of force by South African security forces against civilians since the Sharpeville massacre during the apartheid era.
Footage from several different angles shows that the police were pushing the strikers into a small area.