South African police video shows officers 'bragging' about Marikana killings

Pressure is mounting on South African security forces after mobile phone footage was broadcast showing a new angle on the police shooting of 34 miners last year, which appears to show officers bragging about their actions.

Video of police opening fire on a protest had emerged at the time of the shootings at Lonmin's Marikana platinum mine and showed a dozen striking miners being cut down in a hail of police bullets.

Police fire at striking miners outside a South African mine owned by Lonmin's of London Credit: Reuters

The new footage is thought to have been filmed by the police themselves and shows officers bragging about the killings.

The video goes on to show further shootings, undermining claims that the police fired in self-defense.