EVENT CANCELLED: Justice for the Marikana Miners

7 September 2016 - 3:45pm

Justice for Marikana Miners!

Tens of thousands of South African platinum miners exploited by foreign-owned mining companies went on strike to demand a living wage in July and August 2012. Their wages had barely changed since the days of apartheid. Nor had their living conditions changed with most living in hostels or shack settlements with no public services. 

On 12 August 2012, South African police shot 34 of them and injured 78 more.  They were employed by the British-owned Lonmin mining company at Marikana. Many were shot in the back and the back of the head, half of them far from police lines. Hours before the massacre, police ordered four mortuary wagons, enough for 32 bodies, and 4,000 rounds of ammunition for automatic rifles.

Shock waves reverberated internationally, and the South African government ordered an official inquiry. This inquiry, like so many other government inquiries into state violence, blamed the victims for their own deaths. To this day, not a single individual, organisation, or politician has faced justice for the massacre. Not a penny has been paid in compensation to the victims’ families, although in most cases they were the sole breadwinners.

Trevor Ngwane of the Marikana Support Campaign in South Africa is in the UK for a speaking tour from 12-16 September 2016. Hear Trevor explain how the unions and civil society groups in South Africa are getting their own independent inquiry off the ground to uncover the real causes of Marikana.

During the speaker tour, Trevor will be at:

1. A TUC fringe meeting on Tuesday 13 September from 17.45-19.15pm in the Restaurant in the Brighton conference centre

2. A meeting at the House of Commons on Wednesday 14 September 6-8pm hosted by Kate Osamor MP, Shadow Minister of State for International Development.

3. A public meeting at the Unite’s London Regional Headquarters at 33-37 Moreland Street, London, EC1V 8BB on Thursday 15 September from 6.30-8.30pm.

He is available outside those times to meet with you, or to come to any meetings of your committees to speak about Marikana and the independent inquiry.

To arrange a meeting with Trevor to talk about support for the independent inquiry into Marikana 

Contact Saranel Benjamin (sbenjamin@waronwant.org) or Tom Lebert (tlebert@waronwant.org) of War on Want 


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