It has been a full six years since the Marikana massacre took place. Most of the recommendations that came out of the Farlam Commission have still to be acted upon. The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) recommended almost two years ago that 71 police officers be charged. To date only a few police are facing charges relating to the incident that began on the railway tracks on 13 August 2012.
Compensation for the families has partially been agreed. The state is digging in its heels regarding claims relating to general and constitutional damages which include emotional shock, grief and the loss of family life. The injured and arrested have not yet been offered compensation that they feel is acceptable for wrongful arrest, incarceration and injury.
The investigation into the politicians seems to have been stonewalled. The Marikana Support Campaign and partner organisations ask the South African public to commemorate the 6th anniversary of the massacre on Thursday, 16 August 2018, in whatever way you can.
See below some of the events events that will be taking place in Johannesburg:
1 pm to 2.15 pm
Imbokodo: The Widows of Marikana
Short documentary: duration 12 minutes
Followed by panel discussion
Nomzamo Zondo (Socio Economic Rights Institute), Koketso Moeti (Amandla.mobi), Nazia Dinat (Students for Law and Social Justice).
Venue: Chalsty Auditorium
West Campus, Wits University
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Release of Institute for Security Studies (ISS)’s new report which details what happened on the small Koppie, or ‘Scene 2’ on 16 August 2012.
Venue: Conference Room, ISS Pretoria and online via YouTube Live
Block C, Brooklyn Court, 361 Veale Street New Muckleneuk, Pretoria 0181
Six years after the Marikana killings, what lessons have been learned about policing in South Africa? The Marikana Commission of Inquiry rejected the police’s explanation for the deaths, at ‘Scene 2’, of 17 of the 34 striking workers killed that day. But the commission didn’t make detailed findings about what took place.New ISS research based on photographs, witness statements and forensic evidence presented to the commission shows what actually happened at Marikana.
David Bruce, Independent Researcher and expert on Marikana and policing in South Africa Nomzamo Zondo, Director, Litigation at the Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI)
5:30 pm for 6 pm
Business As Usual After Marikana - Book launch
Donald Gordon Auditorium at Wits School of Governance
2 St. David’s Place, Parktown 2050, Johannesburg.
Bishop Jo Seoka, Thumeka Magwangqana, Patrick Bond, Maren Grimm and Britta Becker.
2.30 pm to 3.30 pm
Dedicated to the 44 people who were killed during the 2012 strike
3.30 pm until 5.30 pm
on Nelson Mandela Bridge
For further comment:
Download the press statement here.