"Our condolences to the friends and family of all those who have died or been affected."
A Foreign Office spokesperson said:
“We are shocked by the loss of life at the Marikana mine in South Africa and send our condolences to the friends and family of all those who have died or been affected. We welcome the commitment of the South African Government to resolving the situation through dialogue.
“We further welcome President Zuma’s announcement of a Commission of Inquiry, as well as National Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega’s confirmation that the South African Police Service would co-operate fully with an investigation into these tragic events.”