Marikana


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The murder fields of Marikana.
The cold murder fields of Marikana.

by Greg Marinovich, via Daily Maverick 31.08.2012, SA

Some of the miners killed in the 16 August massacre at Marikana appear to have been shot at close range or crushed by police vehicles. They were not caught in a fusillade of gunfire from police defending themselves, as the official account would have it. GREG MARINOVICH spent two weeks trying to understand what really happened. What he found was profoundly disturbing. You’ve undoubtedly read the lead article at Daily Maverick today: red more

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11 Gedanken zu “Marikana

  1. LOB 2012/08/31 / 9:13 PM

    Marikana: No common purpose to commit suicide by Pierre De Vos

    News that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has decided to charge 259 arrested Marikana miners with the murder of their 34 colleagues who were shot dead by the police, is bizarre and shocking and represents a flagrant abuse of the criminal justice system, most probably in an effort to protect the police and/or politicians like Jacob Zuma and Nathi Mthethwa.

    http://constitutionallyspeaking.co.za/marikana-no-common-purpose-to-commit-suicide/

  2. LOB 2012/08/31 / 9:16 PM

    sirjay jonson
    August 30, 2012 at 18:13 pm

    The situation is so absurd as to wonder where rationality even exists within South African authorities. It boggles one’s brain to the point of leaving one almost speechless. I can only imagine anyone following this story internationally, shaking their head in disbelief and thinking, ‘oh my god, are these black people really that stupid, that inane, lacking any sense or substance’.

    Is there anyone left in the NPA with any pride or dignity? If so, its not deserved.

    I’ve wondered for so long how folk can justify their racism. Now I understand.

  3. Dr Selim Gool 2012/09/02 / 4:01 PM

    Breaking News: http://mg.co.za/article/2012-09-02-murder-charges-against-marikana-miners-withdrawn/

    Murder charges against Marikana miners withdrawn
    02 SEP 2012 15:00 – NICKOLAUS BAUER, DESHNEE SUBRAMANY
    The National Prosecuting Authority has provisionally withdrawn murder charges laid against 270 Marikana miners, pending further investigations.
    „We have decided to withdraw charges against the incarcerated miners and will release them from prison until the further investigations are undertaken,“ Acting NPA head Nomgcobo Jiba told reporters in Pretoria on Sunday.

    Jiba explained the decision was made after „intense deliberations“ and was not final.

    „The NPA wants to wait for judicial inquiry, but won’t necessarily do so if a prima facie case in front of it,“ she said.

    Jiba said some miners would be released at their next court case, which was due on Monday, while the rest would be released on September 12 once their addresses were confirmed.

    Murder was added to the charge sheet against the miners last week after originally being charged with public violence, illegal gathering and attempted murder.

    A deadly shootout with police occured on August 16 at Lonmin’s Marikana mine in the North West during a protest over wage agreements. Thirty-four people were killed and 78 were wounded.

    Another 10 people were killed in what was thought to be union violence a week before the incident. Two security guards were also killed during the protests.

    ‚Common purpose‘
    The miners were charged under the „common purpose“ doctrine, which was frequently used by the apartheid state to implicate an entire group of people in crimes by a few individuals – in spite of those being charged on the periphery often being innocent.

    The director of Public Prosecutions in the North West, Johan Smit, explained on Sunday the case of the other 10 miners who were killed a week before the shootout would be handled separately, as it occured at a different time and at a different place. He added the NPA had seven suspects for those killings.

    He also said one suspect was being questioned for the killing of the two security guards.

    The move comes as lawyers representing the miners were preparing an urgent court application to be brought against President Jacob Zuma, demanding their immediate release in the North Gauteng High Court on Monday.

    Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said via a statement the president could not „accede to the demand“ and that he would wait for the Farlam commission of inquiry’s recommendations before undertaking any action.
    ………_______………________………_______

    REAKING NEWS: The NPA has withdrawn the murder charges against the Marikana Miners and they will be released conditionally. This is indeed a minimum victory that has been registered by progressive forces through their anger, voices and public condemnation of the injustice that was meted against these workers.

    Forward Ever, Backward Never!

    Pamberi ne Chimurenga!
    ____________________

    http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Charges-droped-against-Marikana-miners-20120902

    Charges dropped against Marikana miners
    2012-09-02 14:56

    Pretoria – The murder charges brought against 270 Lonmin mineworkers will be withdrawn and the workers will be released on a warning, the National Prosecuting Authority announced on Sunday.

    „The murder charge against the current 270 suspects… will be formally withdrawn provisionally in court on their next court appearance,“ said Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba, the national deputy director of public prosecutions.

    „Other provisional charges will remain.“

    The workers were arrested for public violence on 16 August after 34 of their colleagues were gunned down by police at the Lonmin mine in Marikana. Another 78 were injured.

    Last week, prosecutors announced that the arrested men would also face murder and attempted murder charges.

    Unions, civil society, law experts and political parties roundly condemned the decision.

    Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said he would seek clarity on the reasons for the move.

    „The protesters are to be released conditionally on a warning and their case postponed pending the finalisation of investigations, including the investigations by the commission,“ said Jiba.

    Jiba said the release of workers would be carried out in phases.

    Those whose residential addresses were verified by police will be requisitioned to appear in court on Monday, and an application will be made for their release from custody.

    Those whose residential details have not been verified will remain in custody until their next court appearance on 6 September, she added.

    Hooray Folks – Reason Prevails!

    • LOB 2012/09/05 / 10:08 PM

      What do you think about the current devolepent now? What is your opinion about the mediation at one gold mine in Johannesburg?

      • Dr Selim Gool 2012/09/06 / 4:47 AM

        O.K. Its Thursday morning, c. 08.00 and this is what I have found in the South African newspapers: Marikana miners: No R12 500, no peace pact, 05 SEP 2012 – by GETRUDE MAKHAFOLA, @ http://mg.co.za/article/2012-09-05-marikana-miners-no-r12-500-no-peace-pact

        also: Marikana strikers send ‚down tools, or else‘ message to remaining Lonmin employees, by SIPHO HLONGWANE

        and: @ http://dailymaverick.co.za/article/2012-09-05-five-minutes-south-africa

        6 SEPTEMBER 2012: Anyone who is still working at the Karee mine of Lonmin PLC has now been officially warned by the striking miners. Down tools – or else. After the release of some of their comrades from prison and more than two weeks of mourning, the Marikana miners have now turned to belligerence as a bargaining weapon.

        By SIPHO HLONGWANE…. @ http://dailymaverick.co.za/article/2012-09-06-marikana-strikers-send-down-tools-or-else-message-to-remaining-lonmin-employees

        and: WORKERS INTIMIDATED AT MARIKANA MINE

        Workers at Lonmin’s Marikana mine have been told to down tools by colleagues still on strike at the platinum mine. One of the workers, who chose not to join the strike, said a group of strikers told them that to work was to betray the dead miners. „They called us ‚amagundwane‘ and started singing,“ the worker said. Amagundwane, the Zulu word for ‘rats’, is used to describe employees who continue to work while others strike. Barnard Mokoena, Lonmin’s spokesman, confirmed the incident, saying there was a “disturbance” at one of the sites.

        NO DECISION TO CLOSE SHAFTS AT LONMIN…YET

        If the strike at Lonmin’s Marikana mine continues, the company might have to close some of its shafts. According to a story in Business Report, Lonmin will have to resume operations by Friday, or make difficult decisions about the future of the mine. But the company said no decisions had been made yet. Lonmin told investors it was monitoring the situation in relation to its existing bank debt facilities. „The balance of probabilities is that the impact on production… will result in covenants being breached at the next test date on 30 September,“ it said, adding that it was in discussions with its banking group to “address this potential situation”…

        More later as the news comes i!

  4. Dr Selim Gool 2012/09/06 / 5:28 AM

    THERE IS EVIDENCE THAT THE POLICE HAVE „DELIBERATELY CONTAMINATED“ THE CRIME SCENE @ MARIKANA!

    1) Marikana: The investigation’s integrity compromised as Small Koppie’s crime scene defaced by GREG MARINOVICH, @ http://dailymaverick.co.za/article/2012-09-06-marikana-the-investigations-integrity-compromised-as-small-koppies-crime-scene-defaced

    2) THAT THE FLEEING MIMNERS ON THE 16th WERE SHOT IN THE BACK, SOME WERE PLEADING FOR THEIR LIVES, HANDS IN THE AIR!

    Marikana eyewitness: ‚He raised his hands, they shoot him in the head‘
    by MANDY DE WAAL, @ http://dailymaverick.co.za/article/2012-09-06-marikana-eyewitness-he-raised-his-hands-they-shoot-him-in-the-head

    From Johannesburg – Striking Lonmin workers were „shot for fun while down on their knees with their hands up in the air and begging for their lives“, said a mineworker who was released from police custody this week …

    The Star reported on Wednesday @ The murder fields of Marikana, @ http://www.iol.co.za/news/the-murder-fields-of-marikana-1.1373581#.UEgzkKQ5Kfo

    and: http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/freed-miners-give-grim-details-of-shootings-1.1375360#.UEg0M6Q5Kfo
    ————–

    Mineworker Lungisile Lutshetu reportedly told the newspaper that he had seen at least 15 people being shot dead or left injured, „only for some of the injured to be shot again in the head later and finished“.

    „When everyone left the mountain towards the shacks where they live, I also joined those who went down the mountain at the back towards Marikana West, where we live,“ he was quoted as saying.

    http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Marikana-miners-refuse-peace-pact-20120905

    Marikana miners refuse peace pact @ http://www.news24.com

    Striking workers at Lonmin’s Marikana mine have rejected the notion of a peace pact until their demands (R 12 500) are met.
    _______________________________

  5. Dr Selim Gool 2012/09/06 / 7:18 AM

    Lonmin, unions sign peace accord

    September 6 2012

    By BONILE NGQIYAZA, KRISTEN VAN SCHIE, LEBOGANG SEALE and SAPA

    Striking Lonmin mineworkers marched to Lonmin’s Karee shaft in Marikana outside Rustenberg in North West to demand the closure of the shaft.

    Parties at the Marikana talks on Wednesday night agreed on a process agreement laying down the framework for the future discussion of wages.

    Only the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) indicated it was not signing the agreement. The union didn’t state its reasons….

    @ http://www.iol.co.za/news/special-features/lonmin-unions-sign-peace-accord-1.1376984#.UEhNjqQ5Kfo

  6. Dr Selim Gool 2012/09/06 / 7:30 AM

    Another report says: Marikana miners refuse peace pact (sic)

    @ http://www.iol.co.za/business/companies/marikana-miners-refuse-peace-pact-1.1376708#.UEhQI6Q5Kfo

    September 5 2012 at 06:52pm
    By Getrude Makhafola

    Rustenburg – Striking workers at Lonmin’s Marikana mine, in North West, on Wednesday rejected the notion of a peace pact until their demands were met.

    “We don’t want to hear anything about a peace accord. We want R12 500 and the closing down of that shaft,” worker representative Xolani Nzuza told the miners after talks with management.

  7. Dr Selim Gool 2012/09/06 / 9:35 AM

    Solidarity News:

    Marikana Solidarity Campaign Johannesburg

    For those in Johannesburg we are calling on all those inclined to get involved in protest action to join us at the Central Jhb

    Police station at 11am on Saturday the 8th . End Police Brutality Now

    More on all the actions planned for Saturday later today.

    Local and international meesages of support for the miners and ther families to be sent to Marikana Solidarity Campaign

    email address: marikanasolidarity@gmail.com

    Forward Ever, Backward Never!

    Pamberi ne Chimurenga!
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    CAPE TOWN MARIKANA SOLIDARITY COMMITTEE

    PRESS STATEMENT

    05 September 2012

    We, the members and representative of 19 community organisations based in the greater Cape Town area;

    Condemn the massacre of the Lonmin mineworkers and the continued efforts by the state and the Lonmin bosses to smash the strike.

    These efforts include regular raids at night on workers’ homes by the special task force of the SAPS.

    We unequivocally support the struggle of the mineworkers to a minimum living wage of R12500 per month. In this regard we have noted the recent report of the LRS that highlighted that the profits alone of 9 major mining companies is enough to actually pay each and every of the 327000 mineworkers a monthly salary of R88000.

    Alternatively over 2.3 million workers can be employed at the rate that the Lonmin workers are demanding of R12500…..

    /www.facebook.com/groups/275097599265710/permalink/281280691980734/

    (view complete text as above link)

    The miners were detained for over two weeks and denied their basic rights.

    They were not allowed bail and access to family members, cleaning facilities or clean clothes.

    In other words they were treated worse than animals.

    Yet right-wing farmers who murder black children are given luxury treatment and get off virtually free under the same prosecuting authority that is determined to press ahead with the ridiculous murder charges on the basis of „common purpose“.

    The cruel irony of this is that it is happening under a “democratic, black majority government”.

    It is for this reason that we will be marching to parliament and against the ANC government on Saturday 8th September, 10am and demanding:

    JUSTICE FOR LONMIN WORKERS AND THE MARIKANA COMMUNITY

    • ALL MINEWORKERS TO BE RELEASED UNCONDITIONALLY & COMPENSATED FOR WRONGFUL ARREST.

    * FULL COMPENSATION FOR THE FAMILIES OF THE MASSACRED AND THE INJURED

    • ALL MINEWORKERS TO GET A LIVING WAGE OF A MINIMUM R12500 PER MONTH

    • ARREST THE POLICE AND ALL THEIR COMMANDERS WHO COMMITTED THE MASSACRE

    • WE WANT ALL THE NAMES OF THE DEAD, INJURED, MISSING, THE ARRESTED.

    • ARREST THE LONMIN BOSSES AND ALL MINING BOSSES WHO HAVE BEEN STEALING THROUGH TRANSFER PRICING; RETURN ALL ASSETS STOLEN BY THE MINE BOSSES!

    • NATIONALISE THE MINES UNDER WORKERS’ CONTROL!

    Marches will also take place in Johannesburg and other centres.

    Protest demonstrations will be happening in Vienna, Paris, Buenos Aires, San Francisco and London.

    The Unemployed People’s Movement in Grahamstown is currently initiating solidarity committees in various centres of the Eastern Cape.

    For further comment please contact:

    Martin Jansen ph 0828702025
    Mercia Andrews ph 0823683429
    Chumani Maxwele ph 0727666917
    Shaheed Mahomed ph 0822020617

  8. LOB 2012/10/05 / 6:21 PM

    Hi! What is going on in Rustenburg by Anglo american platin 12,ooo miner were dismissed I read in NZZ…could you tell me more, backround ! thanx

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