Monthly Archives: January 2016

PRESS RELEASE: COMPENSATION TALKS FOR MARIKANA VICTIMS BEGIN, FINALLY

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

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

MARIKANA SUPPORT CAMPAIGN

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.