Commemorating Five Years after Marikana Mass Murder

By Aphiwe Given Bunjwa

Marikana–Today commemorates the fifth Marikana anniversary. But victims and widows are still calling for justice.

Mzoxolo Magidwana, one of the protesters and victim commemorates his comrades tearful because of the prominent South African people behind the Marikana massacre haven’t been put to justice.

On August 16 2012 the South African police shot and killed 34 striking miners at the Lomnin platinum mine in Marikana, near Rustenburg in North West. Families of the deceased and victims are not pleased that till now, no one has been held accountable for the massacre.

According to eNCA, the only person to date who has faced any consequences is the disgraced former national police commissioner Riah Phiyega. She was suspended on full pay in October 2015 until Claassen inquiry found in December last year that she was unfit to occupy the post and she was fired.

Reports say a few changes concurred, but Mzoxolo says otherwise, he says “We are in much pain, because we still have charges against us yet those responsible don’t.”

Adv. Andries Nkome who was a lawyer for Marikana miners says  it is painful now as it was in 2012. Employees that have been arrested are the only ones that have been charged of criminal offences.

“Faces were shown live on television; policemen were shooting at the miners. But none of the police have been arrested or have been brought to court, there is no compensation that has been paid to the victims, justice hasn’t been served.” “-Adv. Nkome

Amnesty International speaking  to eNCA says “victims have been neglected ever since. we are asking the government to bring those responsible for the massacre to book.”

“In our view, no one has done right by the victims. The victims don’t need a memorial, they want justice,” -Shehnilla Mohamed, Executive Director in South Africa for Amnesty International.

A commemoration will be held where the miners were shot and killed.

 

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