John Kutlwano Legingoane

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Miner, Worker, Marikana Casualty

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16 August 2012

John Kutlwano Legingoane (24) had worked at Lonmin for 5 years.

On 16 August 2012 John was shot twice in the neck and head. The bullets were fired from an R4 or R5 rifle and immediately incapacitated him. John’s grandfather, Shadrack Ledingoane, first became aware of his grandson’s death when he came across a photograph of his grandson’s body published in the Daily Sun newspaper on 17 August 2012.

He left behind his grandfather, his young siblings and a young daughter, Tsenolo (who was 2 years old at the time of her father’s death). He financially supported his whole family.

According to his grandfather, Shadrack Ledingoane, “Tsenolo [John’s daughter] cannot remember him but calls out his name when a car similar to the one he drove passes in the street.”

Last updated : 10-Aug-2016

This article was produced by South African History Online on 10-Aug-2016