After Miners Shot Down, The Giant Must Fall

Rehad Desai, director of International Emmy award winning film, Miners Shot Down, will release follow up film, The Giant is Falling, at the end of this month at the Johannesburg Film Festival. The film is co-directed by first time director, Jabulani Mzozo.

Desai made the decision to have the international premiere of the film at the first edition of the Johannesburg Film Festival, where the film has been selected for competition.

“It feels so right that we are opening the film in South Africa. This is a film about our present reality. The film raises questions about whether the big events we’ve seen in the last few years, including the brutality we saw at Marikana and the high octane battles over tertiary education, are an inevitable outcome of the inequality we inherited.”

(Rehad Desai, Director, The Giant is Falling).

Media are cordially invited to attend the World Premiere, at 8pm on the 29th October at the Alexander Theatre in Braamfontein.

This will be the first of four screenings at the festival.

“Given the nature of this film, we do not expect to get a local broadcast anytime soon, so catch it while you can.”

(Rehad Desai, Director, The Giant is Falling).

 The European Premiere will take place at International Documentary Festival Amsterdam in November, the largest and most prestigious documentary film festival in the world.


 Shot over two years, and supported by a number of international broadcasters, The Giant is Falling provides an inside look at the big political events of recent years that seemingly signify the dying days of the ANC in South Africa. Locating the moment when things fell apart as the Marikana Massacre, the film charts the various ways people have collectively responded to the ANC’s failure to deliver on its promises. From the end of the ANC’s special relationship with the trade unions, to the #FeesMustFall student movement, to the more recent and crushing electoral losses at the polls for the party of liberation, the thread is the festering sore of inequality that is making the current status quo untenable.

Duration 77 min

The Giant Is Falling

Joburg Film Festival

The screening will take place at the Alexandra Theatre Braamfontein

Date    : Saturday 29 October 2016

Time   : 19H30 for 20H00

Venue : Alexandra Threatre, 36 Stiemens Street, Corner De Beer,  Braamfontein

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For inquiries about the film: Uhuru Productions 011 339 1063


A Civil Society Call to Action

6 APRIL 2016

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa is in a constitutional crisis. The Constitutional Court has spoken. The Public Protector has spoken. The Churches have spoken. The Robben Island prisoners have spoken. They all say or suggest that for the good of the poor and marginalized of South Africa, Jacob Zuma must resign or be recalled by the ANC as President of South Africa.

This is not the South Africa we dreamed of and fought for

 President Zuma has become a liability to our beloved country.  He has become a President of Impunity. The rot spreads from the top down. Without his removal as a first step we cannot start to reach and rebuild the country of our dreams.

Let us remind you. Under President Jacob Zuma:

  • 34 mineworkers were massacred at Marikana for the ‘crime’ of demanding a living wage;
  • The President’s private homestead at Nkandla was declared a national key point and had hundreds of millions of rand lavished on it;
  • Waterkloof airport base was made a national key-point for Gupta Airways;
  • A home in Saxonwold seems to have been made a key point for Ministerial appointments;
  • A competent Finance Minister was fired irrationally, causing our economy untold damage, worsened the conditions of workers and intensified the pain of the unemployed;
  • The Treasury, SARS and other key government departments have been destabilized;
  • The countries’ prime crime fighting agencies, the Hawks and the NPA, have been captured and are being used to fight factional battles;
  • Unemployment has reached catastrophic levels, with 8.3 million in the streets and a staggering 60% of youth out of jobs. More workers are being outsourced and casualised. 13 million of our people go to bed on empty stomachs, while the government tells us that 53% of the population live in poverty.
  • South Africa continues to deindustrialize, with hundreds of thousands of workers losing their jobs.
  • We are now the most unequal society in the world. Our education system is in a crisis, together with a public healthcare system that continues to offer second-class citizen services.
  • Corruption continues unabated with big corporates taking $29 billion out of the economy in illicit transfers.


We have become a country in permanent political crisis. It is most likely that we will witness the reinstatement of charges or corruption against President Zuma; then ‘junk status’; then rising inflation; rising petrol prices; rising food prices, rising hunger, rising despair. If we don’t come together as citizens to address this crisis, our country is going to explode. We demand that Jacob Zuma resign as President of South Africa without delay.

People of South Africa, let us mobilise and stand up for the country we want.

The country we want is a country where government is open and accountable to the people. The country we want is a county that does not tolerate any corruption; that puts quality basic education for our children at the top of national priorities; that will prioritise free quality tertiary education for those that qualify but cannot afford it; that sees unemployment as a painful and degrading national crisis, that is sympathetic with the hunger that gnaws in millions of bellies.


Another South Africa is definitely possible

 We are South Africans who represent good. We are South Africans who will make personal sacrifices for equality and social justice. We are South Africans who take our Constitution seriously.

We come from diverse backgrounds. We have put aside ideologies, religious differences, class differences to advance what we have in common. In short, we are a strong voice for justice and social well-being.

Today we are calling on all South Africans to make their voices heard. Today we announce a rolling plan of mobilization, conversation and action to put the people back at the centre of our politics and economy.

On Saturday, 16th April 2016, we call on people to hold organised discussions in villages, townships, churches, mosques, informal settlements, sports clubs and cultural associations about how we can secure the resignation of President Zuma. We call on you to discuss what is wrong with the country and, more importantly, what is needed to put it right.

On Saturday 16 April we will organise a national consultation at the Regina Mundi church in Soweto to hear the voices of ordinary people and people’s organisations. We call on you to drop any other plan you have and join that dialogue.

Freedom Day April 27 is around the corner. We call on everyone to make this a day of action. This year we must use Freedom Day to reclaim a freedom that has been stolen by Zuma and all who are like him.

This campaign for Jacob Zuma to do the right thing and step down will not stop until the head of the rot is removed. And when we succeed we shall remain vigilant. We do not seek one thief to be replaced with another thief.

1899905_805068839507351_742460389_nThe Marikana Support Campaign is hosting a consensus building workshop on the proposal for an independent civil society led inquiry into the findings of the Farlam Commission Report

We welcome all those that have participated in solidarity activities in the greater Durban Area over the past three years to join us.

Date: Sunday 28th February
Time: 10.30 until 1.30
Venue: 129 Moore Rd and Umbilo Rd (Numsa offices, Durban)
Faciliated by Trevor Ngwane from the Campaigns Steering Committee


28 January 2016, 8pm

Supporters of the victims of the Marikana massacre will assemble on Friday 29 January, to show their anger at the long delays in the compensation process.

 The lawyers representing those injured and arrested in Marikana in August 2012, and the families of the slain miners, will be meeting attorneys appointed by the state for the first time on Friday 29th January to begin talks about compensation.

The Marikana Commission of Inquiry evidence leaders concluded in their heads of arguments that compensation for the victims could circumvent very lengthy and painful civil claims cases. Despite this, Judge Farlam omitted any recommendations in this regard in his final report.

On 29 September 2015, President Jacob Zuma announced to the press that he supports “swift compensation for bona fide claims” against government arising from the 2012 Marikana shootings.

While we welcome the fact that the meeting is taking place, we hope that the promise to expedite the process is genuine and that we will not see further delays in this process which we believe can, and should in the interests of justice, be swiftly concluded.

We also note that 17 mineworkers face serious charges, and will be facing a pre-trial hearing in April. This process is going ahead, while at the same time there has been slow movement on the recommendations arising from the Farlam Commission to appoint a senior counsel to lead a team to investigate100 police officers to see whether they have committed crimes themselves.

We also note that summonses have been served on a number of people by the legal teams representing the victims. We urge the NPA to act independently and swiftly to ensure that all remain equal before the law.

The demonstration will take place on Friday 29 January, assembling at 12pm, 81 Maud Street, Sandton.

 For more information call:

Spokesperson: Rehad Desai – 083 997 9204

Coordinator: Trevor Ngwane – 079 0307657

Miners Shot Down (85 min) Screens on ETV January 11TH at 10pm


PRESS RELEASE Thursday 7th Jan 2016

Miners Shot Down (85 min) Screens on ETV January 11TH at 10pm

We are extremely proud to announce that the feature length version Miners Shot Down is finally being screened to the wider South African community through a local Free To Air (FTA) TV station. A film that has garnered scores of international awards including of late an International Emmy Award and numerous local TV and journalism awards.

We note the tireless campaigning for this to happen by Amandla.Mobi who gathered over 5 000 signatures and other bodies such as the Right To Know Campaign. The widows of the slain miners also played their part in this effort, turning up to both ETV and SABC in numbers to request an audience and demand the film be screened.

The awards and more importantly this screening are a small but important victory for the victims of the massacre, which include the hundreds of injured and arrested. The nation will at long last get an opportunity to view the massacre from the viewpoint of the victims. This is also a victory for freedom of expression and press freedom that we have seen being eroded over the past years particularly on FTA TV channels

The screening, while late, is also timely as by the end of  this January discussions will be underway with the government in regards to just levels of compensation.

In the following months 17 miners who still face serious charges will be involved in a pre-trail court hearing. In addition, charges brought against individuals at Lonmin and government, including Cyril Ramaphosa, will be going to court. The Marikana Support Campaign will stand side by side with the victims throughout these processes.






We are pleased to announce that South African documentary, Miners Shot Down, has been nominated for an International Emmy® Award.


The film tells the story of the 2012 Marikana massacre. To date, Miners Shot Down has been shown in 76 festivals across 37 countries and won 19 awards.

“We are continuously humbled by the way the film is being appreciated by audiences all over the world. It shows how deeply disturbed people are about what happened at Marikana on 16 August 2012. It is now three years on and the commission of inquiry came to close a year ago. We await a fair and just outcome for the victims.” (Rehad Desai, Director).

The injured and arrested, along with the families of those killed at Marikana, recently learned that President Jacob Zuma plans to appoint a judge assisted by legal experts to expedite the process of civil claims. While this is welcomed, those affected by the massacre are very clear that is not enough. They want criminal prosecution of all those responsible for the massacre.

Marikana Massacre – Families seek legal action and discussion of Marikana Report

As we gear up to mark the 3rd anniversary of the Marikana massacre several organisations and allies have been working tirelessly to continue the fight for justice for those affected by the Massacre. The families of the slain Marikana Miners, with support from The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) , the Legal Resources Center (LRC) and the WITS Law Clinic have filed civil claims against the Government. 

Download: Families of Marikana mineworkers file civil claims against
Government – SERI.pdf

The Marikana Support Campaign has also released a press statement requesting that the State takes a morally correct stance on the Marikana victims compensation claims.

Download: The State needs take the morally correct stance on the Marikana victims compensation claims – Marikana Support Campaign.pdf

David Bruce for the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) has provided a summary and discussion of the report of the Marikana Commission. The report is essential reading for those who want to understand where the report failed to properly address the events of 9-16 August and how its ‘key framing argument’ needs to be reviewed.

Download:  Summary and discussion of the report of the Marikana Commission – David Bruce.pdf

Please remember to check our blog regularly for updates and follow us on Facebook for more information.

Miners Shot Down Facilitators Guide – Engaging Dialogue

Miners Shot Down is more than a documentary film. It’s part of a much broader campaign which works on behalf of the families of those killed and injured at Marikana Massacre and the 270 miners arrested by the state. The movement is spearheaded by the Marikana Support Campaign and is supported by a range of legal NGO’s and other groups. The Campaign aims to expose the truth of what happened at Marikana, work for justice for those slain and the families they leave behind, and provide tools for community based organisations to support the work of public interest and non-governmental organisations.

The Miners Shot Down film has played a  central role to building the campaign. With screenings across the globe the film has taken the story of what happened to the miners at Marikana to large auditoriums and small community spaces. Out of these screenings free and open dialogues  have emerged, conversations between participants that have helped to not only create awareness of what happened, but have also developed critical responses and calls to actions to support the campaign.

To help facilitate these discussions we have produced a facilitators guide that can be used in conjunction with the film. The guide aims to empower participants by allowing them to express their opinions so that they can learn from the film and from each other. We have made the Facilitators guide available for public download and it can be found at the link below.

Pleases don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions, it’s only through continued dialogue that we can grow and continue our battle for justice.



The Farlam Report opens with a finding that squarely blames the strikers for the violence. By placing this upfront, Farlam sets the tone for what is to come:

“…the tragic events that occurred during the period 12 to 16 August 2012 originated from the decision and conduct of the strikers in embarking on an unprotected strike and in enforcing the strike by violence and intimidation, using dangerous weapons for the purpose.”

This statement is offered as a fact that we have to accept. But it is an opinion. There is no evidence to back it up. The Marikana Support Campaign considers this finding as a gross defamation of the miners.

At the same time, despite a run of evidence to the contrary, Farlam and his Commissioners exonerate Ramaphosa and other government ministers. Lonmin is substantially exonerated.

By tarnishing thousands of miners as being responsible for the violent acts of a few, it becomes possible to conclude that the police had reasonable grounds to shoot 17 miners at Scene 1.

During the Commission of Inquiry, senior SAPs officers committed perjury and wholesale fabrication of evidence. While SAPs is rightly castigated, the Commission’s findings are based on the ‘cock up’ theory of mismanagement and poor planning. The Marikana Support Campaign contends that this is insufficient. The evidence clearly points to an attack that was preplanned, and the direct result of pressure from the government.

In the coming months, the Marikana Support Campaign will be consulting widely on the form of an independent, civil society led, initiative that will seek to analyse the evidence presented before the commission. This will result in a published, authoritative report into the massacre at Marikana.

In the interim, taking the evidence that was presented to the Commission into full account, below are the minimal principal findings that the Farlam Commission should have made.

On 16 August 2012

  1. 17 miners at Scene 1 were murdered by SAPS officers, many using R5 machine gun rifles.
  2. There was no attempt by miners at Scene 1 to attack SAPs officers.
  3. SAPS officers hunted down and killed a further 17 miners at Scene 2. Many were executed whilst surrendering.
  4. 270 miners shot and injured at Scene 1 and 2, were the victims of attempted murder by SAPS officers.
  5. SAPS fabricated evidence at Scene 2 by planting weapons on dead miners.

On 13 August 2012

  1. There was an unprovoked attack on peaceful miners by SAPS causing death and chaos.
  2. SAPS is primarily responsible for the deaths of three miners, two police officers and the shooting and injuring of more than 20 miners and a police officer.
  3. One miner, Mr Sokanyile, was hunted down, targeted and executed by a SAPS officer 800 metres from the original scene.

On 11 August 2012

  1. Unarmed striking miners were attacked by members of the National

Union of Mineworkers. Two striking miners were shot in the back with firearms issued by NUM officials.

On Self-defense by strikers

  1. Following the attacks on the miners on 11th and 13th August, the    decision to carry spears and pangas to defend themselves against further attack was justified.

On Attempts to Negotiate

  1. The only party who consistently endeavored to negotiate was the striking miners. On each day, often on several occasions, the miners requested to meet with management, only to be rebuffed.

On Lonmin

  1. The evidence discloses that the primary purpose of the strategy adopted by Lonmin was to ensure that the strike was defeated quickly by SAPS, thus preserving the profitability of Lonmin. To this end Lonmin colluded throughout with SAPS.

On Ramaphosa, Mthethwa, Shabangu, NUM, Lonmin and SAPS

  1. The tragic events that occurred during the period 12 to 16 August 2012 originated from the decisions and conduct of the above parties in refusing to treat the miners as decent human beings and in enforcing such decisions by violence and intimidation, using dangerous weapons in particular the R5 machine gun rifle, capable of discharging 600 rounds per minute.
  2. This report would not be complete without a condemnation in the strongest terms of the violent manner in which the strike was to be broken.

Prosecutions and Suspensions

The Marikana Support Campaign fully endorses the Economic Freedom Fighters’ decision to open criminal cases against Cyril Rampaphosa, Nathi Mthethwa, Susan Shabangu, Riah Phiyega and Lonmin executives. This is in accordance with the damning evidence that exposes the ‘toxic collusion’ that took place to crush the strike that resulted in the killings and injuries.

Finally, the SAPS officers who murdered miners are still walking the streets of South Africa. They should be immediately suspended.


Cyril Ramaphosa appeared at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry on 11 and 12 August and has now concluded giving evidence at the commission. Large crowds of mineworkers and protesters from the Marikana Support Campaign were present to hear this long awaited evidence.

Remember that it was Cyril Ramaphosa who wrote emails to cabinet ministers during the strike calling for ‘concomitant action’. Cyril Ramaphosa was the direct link between Lonmin, where he was a shareholder and non-executive director at the time of the strike, the cabinet, where he was a senior minister, and the police commissioner, over whom he held a superior position.

Footage from Miners Shot Down was used during his cross examination, mostly alluding to Ramaphosa’s role in the 1987 miners strike and his skills as a negotiator during troubled times. He failed to use these skills during the 2012 strike, choosing instead to call on the police and government to employ force against the strikers. At the time, the strikers were calling for talks with the company.

Read more about Ramaphosa’s testimony here on Mail&Guardian…