This evening I attended a vigil for the dead of Marikana. Four years ago on this day 34 mineworkers were killed in the single most lethal use of force by the South African police since the Sharpeville massacre during Apartheid in 1960. Their crime was fighting for a living wage.
It’s been four years since the atrocity and not a single person has been held accountable.
At the vigil this evening the names of the dead were read aloud. This morning in an article by South African journalist Franny Rabkin their names were listed. It was the first time since the atrocity that I heard and read them. Let us not forget them:
Tembelakhe Mati, Hendrick Tsietsi Monene, Sello Lepaaku, Hassan Fundi, Frans Mabelane, Thapelo Eric Mabebe, Semi Jokanisi, Phumzile Sokanyile, Isaiah Twala, Julius Langa, Molefi Ntsoele, Modisaotsile van Wyk Sagalala, Nkosiyabo Xalabile, Babalo Mtshazi, John Kutlwano Ledingoane, Bongani Cebisile, Yawa Mongezeleli Ntenetya, Henry Mvuyisi Pato, Ntandazo Nokamba, Bongani Mdze, Bonginkosi Yona, Makhosandile Mkhonjwa, Stelega Gadlela, Telang Mohai, Janeveke Raphael Liau, Fezile Saphendu, Anele Mdizeni, Mzukisi Sompeta, Thabiso Johannes Thelejane, Mphangeli Thukuza, Thobile Mpumza, Mgcineni Noki, Thobisile Zimbambele, Thabiso Mosebetsane, Andries Motlapula Ntsenyeho, Patrick Akhona Jijase, Michael Ngweyi, Julius Tokoti Mancotywa, Jackson Lehupa, Khanare Monesa, Mpumzeni Ngxande, Thembinkosi Gwelani, Dumisani Mthinti and Mafolisi Mabiya.
Photograph by Barry Christianson @thesestreetsza #thesestreetsza #everydayeverywhere #everydayafrica #capetown #seapoint #southafrica #saytheirnames #marikana (at SABC)