Editorial note: 8th Anniversary of the Marikana Massacre

Dear readers of the newsletter,

Eight years ago, workers at the platinum mine operator LONMIN went on strike and demanded a meeting with their employer’s management to directly raise their concerns about decent pay for underground work.

After ten days, the South African police ended the strike with the first police massacre in post-apartheid South Africa, killing 34 men on 16 August 2012.


We remember

Molefi Osiel Ntsoele
Modisaotsile Van Wyk Sagalala
Nkosiyabo Xalabile
Babalo Mtshazi
John Kutlwano Ledingoane
Bongani Nqongophele
Cebisile Yawa
Mongezeleli Ntenetya
Henry Mvuyisi Pato
Ntandazo Nokamba
Bongani Mdze
Bonginkosi Yona
Makhosandile Mkhonjwa
Stelega Gadlela
Telang Vitalis Mohai
Janeveke Raphael Liau
Fezile David Saphendu
Anele Mdizeni
Mzukisi Sompeta
Thabiso Johannes Thelejane
Mphangeli Thukuza
Thobile Mpumza
Mgcineni Noki
Thobisile Zimbambele
Thabiso Mosebetsane
Andries Motlapula Ntsenyeho
Patrick Akhona Jijase
Julius Tokoti Mancotywa
Michael Ngweyi
Jackson Lehupa
Khanare Elias Monesa
Mpumzeni Ngxande
Thembinkosi Gwelani
Mafolisi Mabiya

They can’t have died for nothing.

In this fourth issue of our newsletter, Boniface Mabanza from the Ecumenical Service on Southern Africa looks at Marikana and South Africa: Eight years later and comes to a not very hopeful summary.

In Eight years later, Still No Justice, Daniel Selwyn of our British partners from the Marikana Solidarity Collective (London) places Marikana in the context of recent global struggles for social justice and takes a critical look at the takeover of LONMIN by Sibanye Stillwater.

Simone Knapp of the Ecumenical Service on Southern Africa continues to follow the global debate on The Unconditional Basic Income (BIG) and its possible impact on Marikana.

The global background of the situation in South Africa is also dealt with by Tilman Massa from Ethical Shareholders Germany: He reports on the state of the debate about the introduction of a binding supply chain law in Germany: No effect without liability is his conclusion.

A luta continua!!!

Maren Grimm
for the campaign Plough Back The Fruits