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
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
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.
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.
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
Marikana. As an event that saw a violent play off between strikers and policemen outside the Lonmin platinum mines near Rustenburg, it’s a word that haunts South Africa’s post-apartheid legacy. 34 strikers (mostly mineworkers) were killed, 78 injured. And in the preceding week, 10 more people were murdered, including 2 policemen and 2 security guards. The effects of the harrowing incident have leaked into arts, culture and politics, making many South Africans question and contribute to an extended conversation around wealth, power and privilege.
Every victim who died at the Marikana massacre had lives and had families. Mama Marikana is a documentary film that shares a different side to the story, giving a voice to the women left behind. Widows, mothers, sisters and community members have been forgotten but their struggle to move on, away from the event that changed their lives and their perspectives, continues. Working together, they provide a powerful voice to the women of the community through strength, agency and protest.
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.
Platinum mining contributes more to South Africa’s GDP than gold and diamonds combined. Platinum and its associated elements are used as catalysts in a range of chemical reactions, as well as being vital components of nearly every electrical device we use.
Jack Shenker, ‘After the massacre: life in South Africa’s platinum mining belt’, The Guardian
My mother was born in Marikana, consequently I was born there as well. I was raised with the fondest moments of my grotesque grandma calling all of the grandkids inside to have a bowl of porridge. She was a strong silver women who was the wife of Oupa Jeromiha. Together they had 12 children; my mother being the 10th and the last two passing soon after birth. I ran the corners of my grandfathers kraal. I saw all his kombi’s and all the differently dusty bottles of Black Label that laid beside the house.
I choose to remember the sunshine that would last for most of the evening, I choose to remember the happy lines of families at the dispensary. I choose to remember my people before we knew blood, before our town was haunted by camera shutters and tears. I was loved in these streets. A chubby young toddler, I would run these streets with spandex tights and a eternal smile.
Today I choose not to cry, but to puzzle over justice and ponder over hope. I do not remember home today, I am home. I am the dust that breaks the edges of every single tared road. I am the smile of the women that sell goats and chickens, I am the grunt of the fathers that head home after their nightshift. I am the shine of my brothers gold tooth reflected by his Top Skipper. I carry myself attempting to capture the grace of my sisters, and my family is not just made by 5 people.
Marikana is home and I miss my people:
“ikisti omang, o ya kae, o tswa kae le gore o batlang ngwanaka” - My Mother.
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.