Over 1000 days ago the South African police opened fire with R5 machine guns on striking miners at the Lonmin Mine in Marikana, killing 34 of them in what is now known as the Marikana Massacre. Since the massacre the Farlam Commission has been held to investigate the lead up to the tragic events of the 16th of August 2012 and also to establish who should take responsibility for the loss of life. Several months after the release of the final report no action has been taken against the police, Lonmin or the politicians implicated in the massacre.
As the 3rd anniversary of the massacre draws nearer we are once again picking up the fight for justice on behalf of those slain, and those left behind by the horrific events at Marikana. Rehad Desai, director of Miners Shot Down considers the implications of the Farlam Commission and the importance of continuing to struggle for justice at Marikana in an op-ed available here: The Daily Maverick – Justice Delayed is Justice Denied by Rehad Desai
Several events are also being organised to mark 3 years since the massacre, for a full list, please check out the Marikana Day Facebook Event Page and Amandla.Mobi website. If you would like to organize an event in your town, please register your with Amandla.Mobi and we will include it in our program.