Safia Khan and Tim Fish Hodgson have written in today's Mail & Guardian on the importance of SERI's newly launched resource, making all of the evidence from the Marikana Commission of Inquiry publicly available.

They suggest that:

"Despite the gruesome images and harrowing autopsy reports, the most haunting exhibits remain the presentations by the victims’ families to the commission, allowed after two years of persistent requests. In these exhibits the lives that were lost in August 2012 are remembered...

Though the state is rightly their main target for political accountability and civil compensations, and it is the National Prosecuting Authority that will need to pursue criminal prosecution of the victims’ murders, this public record allows for further investigation of Lonmin’s complicity and responsibility. It illustrates clearly how Lonmin resources were used by the SAPS in carrying out their operations in Marikana. Lonmin, too, still needs to take full responsibility and apologise sincerely to the victims’ families."

  • Read the full op-ed here.