In August 2012, mineworkers at one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines began a wildcat strike for better wages.
Six days later the police used live ammunition to suppress the strike, killing 34 and injuring many more.
Using the point of view of the Marikana miners, “Miners Shot Down” follows the strike from day one, showing the courageous but isolated fight waged by a group of low-paid workers against the combined forces of the mining company Lonmin, the ANC government and their allies in the National Union of Mineworkers.
What emerges is collusion at the top,spiraling violence, police brutality and the country’s first post-apartheid massacre.
South Africa will never be the same again.
The full documentary can be viewed for free this weekend. Tomorrow it will be two years since 34 miners were murdered by the police in order to protect imperialist interest. Many families lost their sole breadwinners, men who worked thousands of kilometres away from their home, executed for demanding living wages.
On the film’s website there is a bank account you can donate to if you want to help out the families of the slain miners. PLEASE DO THIS IF YOU CAN! They are living in absolute poverty.
SOUTH AFRICA, Marikana : A South African miner dances carrying a branch of tree on August 16, 2014 in front of the hill where two years ago miners where gunned down by the South African police during a violent wave of strikes. Thousands of South African platinum mineworkers on August 16 gathered at Marikana to commemorate the second anniversary of the killing of 34 of their colleagues by police during a strike. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI
The bloody episode in this eighteen-year-old black-majority democracy takes many back to the days of white-minority rule, when policemen routinely fired on and killed thousands of South Africans fighting for their freedom. Now, the question many are asking is, Freedom for whom?
Charlayne Hunter-Gault on the Marikana shooting, a massacre and a test for South Africa: http://nyr.kr/Sh2TZu
Photograph by Leon Sadiki/City Press/Gallo Images/Getty Images.
The Marikana Massacre of African workers has already sent a signal that something urgent must be done to intensify the economic and social emancipation of the African majority in Azania for the good of everyone The African people cannot live like slaves in their own country perpetually The poverty, the filthy inhuman shacks in which millions live must go Azania (South Africa) is four times the size of Britain and Northern Ireland combined and richer in natural resources Indeed liberation without repossession of land and its resources by the dispossessed is a gigantic colonial fraud
A/N: takes place in ep6, a continuation of that scene with Mari and Kanan, you know which one. I don’t know what I wrote tbh this is just a crappy pile of angst
Note this blip is somewhat related to Restart and sort of Next Step too. Those were written on the basis that they met and became close in high school, but anime refuted that. Thankfully I’ve been quite vague about it so I tried to incorporate their childhood bond too and keep the background facts as canon as I can. As always, Italics within “dialogue” is Mari’s Engrish Words: 2,639 Pairing: Kanan x Mari
…former head of the youth wing of South Africa’s governing African Nation Congress is set to launch his new party in Marikana where police last year killed 34 striking miners demanding a pay rise. Julius Malema, who was expelled from the ANC for bringing the party into disrepute, told South African media he wanted to become the country’s next president under the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party. He said he would not be satisfied with a seat in parliament.
Today in labor history, August 16, 2012: South African police open fire on a large crowd of men who had walked out on strike at the British-owned Lonmin platinum mine at Marikana, killing 34 workers. The miners – who earned roughly $400 a month – were on strike over wages. In contrast, Lonmin’s annual profits for shareholders in 2011 was $273 million, and its CEO was paid nearly $2 million a year.
Since Apartheid, South Africa has been making steady strides. Outside of the continent, many know it as the only post-development nation, a tourist destination spot with a stable government, and low rates of violence. A civilized veneer has swept over the nation and people just didn’t expect the massacre at Marikana where 34 miners were killed during a miners workers wage protest.
Many believed that once a nation strips itself of racist laws and moves forward towards a more just government, that the turmoil that accompanies a broken nation simply goes away. Instead what we see with South Africa is much like what we saw in Anaheim California, or St. Paul, or Israel. We are witnessing a global shift and tension between institutional powers behind corporations, and the working class and the poor. South Africa demonstrates where we could go if we don’t start to address the brutalities of living in a world that only cares about the bottom line.
The bloodbath began because a group of miners were tired of working for the equivalent of $500 a month. That is how much their lives are worth to Lonmin and this is why things became desperate. I was not there, I did not talk to these miners, I don’t live their lives, but I can appreciate the feeling of being economically starved, working a job that could kill you but making next to nothing because your job is replaceable, not high-skilled and undervalued within the capitalist model. No one cares how many children you have, or that you want them to be fed, let alone educated. There is no consideration what kind of life you want for the people who depend on you, so you strike hoping you can change that. The sad reality for the miners is that if some miners chose to work, Lonmin could simply fire strikers and replace them with other South Africans too poor to worry about better conditions, reasonable pay, or justice. Without solidarity, there is no power.
In a hastily arranged news conference Sunday, officials from the National Prosecuting Authority said that they would await the outcome of further investigations into the shootings, but did not rule out bringing murder charges again.
“Final charges will only be made once all investigations have been completed. The murder charges against the current 270 suspects will be formally withdrawn provisionally in court,” said Nomgcobo Jiba, the acting national director of prosecutions, told reporters.
Prosecutors also said they had not ruled out charges against the police.
“The actions of the police will be sorted out still,” said Johan Smit, a provincial prosecutor in the region where the strike took place told reporters. “We’re not ignoring that.”
270 miners were recently charged en masse by prosecutors using a mechanism, “common purpose,” which was common during the Apartheid era and allowed prosecutors to charge an entire crowd for the crimes of just a few people.
Workers arrested at South Africa’s Marikana mine have been charged in court with the murder of 34 of their colleagues shot by police.
The 270 workers would be tried under the “common purpose” doctrine because they were in the crowd which confronted police on 16 August, an official said.
Police opened fire, killing 34 miners and sparking a national outcry.
The decision to charge the workers was “madness”, said former ruling ANC party youth leader Julius Malema.
“The policemen who killed those people are not in custody, not even one of them. This is madness,” said Mr Malema, who was expelled from the ANC (African National Congress) earlier this year following a series of disagreements with President Jacob Zuma.
bright and mature, she is very protect of her little sister and expert driver like her mama kanan
cheerful and cool, she pick up a bad habit washi washi breast grab from mama Mari but she forbid to do her family members and only to friends
both love ocean and can swim teach from mama kanan and attend Uranohoshi Girls’ High School like their mama also mama mari is still Chairwoman at the school many years after aqours disband, and mama mari spoil their daughters with gifts and moneys(yen) and mama kanan teach their daughters value of moneys(yen) that “moneys(yen) can’t buys anything” and want to be school idol after watching old videos of aqours their mama performance
The Marikana Platinum Mine,near Rustenberg in South Africa, was the scene of a wildcat strike on and leading up to 16 August 2012, by miners working at the British-based Lonmin company mine. A number of violent incidents between the South African Police Service, Lonmin security, the leadership of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and strikers themselves, culminated in an event in which approximately 47 people were killed. Most of the dead were striking mineworkers, a further 78 of whom were injured in the fracas. This event was one of a spate of wildcat strikes that raged across the South African mining sector. The violence is reported to have started on 11 August, when NUM leaders fired on their own members who were on strike. In that incident, two of the strikers were killed,followed by the deaths, in the next few days. of a further eight strikers, police and security personnel, The Marikana Massacre , as the killings of 16 August were dubbed by the press, was reported to be the most deadly use of violence by the South African security forces against its own civilians, since the Sharpeville Massacre in 1960, in which 69 protesting inhabitants of a segregated township in South Africa were killed by police, and since the demise of apartheid in South Africa. The Marikana Massacre occurred on the 25th anniversary of a national miners’ strike in the country. Naked protesting Lonmin mineworkers queued to be sprinkled with muti in rituals purported to make them invincible. A witchdoctor administered the traditional medicine in the hope that police intervention would not harm the protestors. An Enquiry, led by a retired judge is currently investigating the incident, in which it appears that many of the victims were shot in the back, and most were shot at a considerable distance from the police lines.
Students from Cape Town (University of Cape Town, University of Stellenbosch, and University of Western Cape) attend a mass meeting at Marikana Memorial Hall (formerly Jameson Hall) at the University of Cape Town. The week has seen shut downs of all public universities across South Africa by students, in response to fee increases. Time Magazine notes that the fee increase would render 95% of South Africa’s population unable to access tertiary education. Amidst teargas, stun grenades, rubber bullets, charges of high treason and countless arrests, students remain committed to studying for their upcoming exams. Students remain dedicated to fighting institutional injustice, inequality and systematic privilege.