Friday, August 16, 2013

Remembering a massacre at a South African mine

Remembering a massacre at a South African mine

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Year After South African Mine Shooting, Residents See No Change
Published on Aug 16, 2013
In South Africa, August 16, 2012, will be remembered as the date of one of the country's most violent police confrontations since the apartheid era. Police shot dead 34 striking mineworkers at the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana. The miners were striking to demand a significant pay raise and improved conditions. Officials say that since then, progress has been made: a commission is investigating the incident and the miners have been granted some raises. But, as VOA's Anita Powell learned when she visited the tense community a year later, residents believe things have changed for the worse, not better.

Thousands attend a memorial service at the Marikana mine in South Africa where 34 striking workers were killed a year ago by police. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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Chabane Wants Calm During Marikana Anniversary

Minister in the presidency Collins Chabane called for calm, reconciliation and unity during Friday's commemoration of the Marikana tragedy.

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Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane

"This is a time for pulling together as a nation and working collectively to ensure that, a year after the tragedy, the events of 2012 do not revisit the people of Marikana or South Africa as a whole in any shape or form," Chabane said in a statement.

Chabane said he was confident the Farlam Commission of Inquiry would get to the bottom of what happened in Marikana last year.

On August 10 last year, Lonmin rockdrillers embarked on an unprotected strike for a monthly salary of R12,500.

More workers joined the strike and the protesters gathered at a hill near Nkaneng informal settlement, some carrying weapons, such as pangas, spears, knobkerries, and iron rods.

On August 16 police trying to disperse and disarm them opened fire, and 34 people were killed.

Ten people, including two policemen and two security guards, were killed in strike-related violence the preceding week.

President Jacob Zuma appointed the commission to probe circumstances around the August 16 shooting.

Commemorations are planned for Friday at the site of the shooting.

An Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on the Marikana Tragedy was also appointed.

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