Patrick Akhona Jijase (26) was from Ntabankulu in the Eastern Cape. He began working for Lonmin in July 2012, one month before the massacre.

On 16 August 2012 Patrick was killed at scene 1, after being shot in the head and forearm by the police.

He left behind his mother, father, brother, two sisters and nephew, who all depended on him financially.

According to his mother, Mavalithibuba Jijase, “I was heartbroken and felt severe pain on hearing that he died. I am still not well emotionally. I did not expect that he would be killed by the police. I thought he would either get the pay increase or be dismissed from work.”

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