In August 2012, mineworkers in one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines began a wildcat strike for better wages. Six days into the strike, the police used live ammunition to suppress the strike, killing 34 and injuring 78. The Marikana Commission of Inquiry has been sitting since October 2012 and is due to conclude on 30 September. The 16th of August 2014 marks 2 years since the massacre took place.
Many people who have watched Miners Shot Down have asked us “what can we do to help the justice campaign?” One of the most important things we can do is to make the 16th August a ‘special’ day, similar to the 21st of March, the day of the Sharpeville Massacre and June 16th when 76 school students were mowed down in Soweto, to send a loud message that people will not forget what happened on this day two years ago. We want to remind people of the massacre of 34 strikers by the South African police and honoring the dead and wounded. This is enormously important to the families who lost loved ones on the 16th August 2012, and to the Lonmin platinum miners who took part in the strike.
We are encouraging people to take action on and around the 16th August, to show support for the Justice Now for Marikana campaign. Join one of the events to Remember Marikana on 16th August 2014 in South African events or International events.