by Nontobeko Zuma
On the second anniverary of the Marikana tragedy, South African journalist, Mayleen Vincent recounts her experiences as a television field producer at the scene of the 2012 ‘Marikana Massacre’, where police shot and killed 34 striking mineworkers.
Armed mineworkers at the Lonmin platinum mine had embarked on a wildcat strike demanding higher wages since the 10th of August.
Ten other killings including those of mine security, police officers and striking miners preceded the August, 16 bloodshed.
AUGUST 16 marks the first anniversary of the fateful killing of Lonmin platinum mine workers in North West province. The event has been dubbed the “Marikana massacre” because police opened fire at over 30 protesting mine workers. A year later questions still need to be answered by the Marikana commission of inquiry regarding the police’s conduct and events leading to the disputes. Wits Vuvuzela took to the streets to ask Witsies whether they remember the event, its significance and how the day should be commemorated.
Ray Mahlaka and Nomatter Ndebele