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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…

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“Former police minister Nathi Mthethwa was confident on his first day at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry. His testimony is crucial in understanding whether political influence played a role in the deaths of 44 people. Mthethwa, now arts and culture minister, has been steadfast in his defence, but can he keep it up?” By GREG NICOLSON.

An insightful article by Greg Nicolson, published in The Daily Maverick. Read the full article here

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Amandla!

Have you read Amandla! Magazine, “South Africa’s new progressive magazine standing for social justice”. Their latest issue is now available for download here.

Amandla is a multiple left public communications initiative to provide a platform to encourage alternative thinking and catalyse alternative action by mass-based movements inspired by egalitarian ideals and fully democratic practices towards fundamental social transformation.

As a progressive media and communication initiative, Amandla exists to create a platform and progressive space that facilitates critical analysis and open dialogue.

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Day of Action 16 August

The Marikana Support Campaign has grown considerably over the past 6 months, this has been assisted greatly through the 140+ plus screenings of Miners Shot Down that have taken place around the country.
We are requesting that the campaign holds a number of regional meetings over the next two weeks to discuss what activity they will be undertaking. At present there are number of ideas and tentative plans. What we do know is that they will be a commemoration of the killings/ celebration of the strike in Marikana on the 16th of August. The Gauteng Strike Support Committee have agreed to pull out all the stops on the day and are planning pickets of police stations and organising as many screenings of the documentary on that day as possible. They also aim to have a presence at the rally in Marikana.
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The MSC steering committee are reaching out to all areas where we have a sufficient critical mass to organise activities on this day and assist in calling regional meetings. Many of the NGO’s and CSO’s will have the capacity  to organise screenings and fundraising functions. Many of the CBO and civic structures have tentative plans of picketing at their local police stations, while others have plans to organise rallies. We also expect trade union support from NUMSA and some NACTU affiliates.
Internationally pickets of SA Embassies and consulates are planned in Europe and North America.
We believe it will be worthwhile to have regional meetings in the following areas and will be getting in contact with leading activists in these areas to see how we can assist:
  • Gauteng
  • Western Cape
  • KZN
  • Eastern Cape
  • Mpumulanga
On behalf of the Marikana Support Campaign Steering Committee

Motion on Marikana

Islington National Union of Teachers general meeting passed the motion below unanimously last night:

Islington Teachers Association condemns the murder of 32 striking Lonmin miners in August 2012 by South African police in Marikana and endorses the view expressed by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) that “what happened that day, similar to the 1922 Rand Revolt and the 1960 Sharpeville massacre, marked a turning point in the social and political life of South Africa”.

We share the belief of NUMSA that “Marikana was a deliberate defence of mining profits and mining capitalists”. We consider that it is difficult to draw any other conclusion from the blatant collaboration, prior to the massacre, between the Lonmin bosses, government ministers and SA police, as revealed in the award-winning documentary Miners Shot Down, recently screened by Islington NUT.

We call on the NUT executive to endorse the following decisions contained in a motion carried at a Special Congress of NUMSA last December (2013):

1. To call for a full and impartial investigation of the causes of what happened in Marikana as the 11th National Congress of Cosatu had called in September 2012.

This investigation, unlike the Farlam Commission, would look not only at who pulled the trigger or who gave instruction to murder the workers in Marikana but would also investigate the root causes of the massacre such as the persistent migrant labour system and super exploitation of labour by capital in South Africa.

2. To call upon the South African government to make available all the necessary resources and requirements to the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the massacre, and more especially, accede to the demand for necessary assistance to the families of the miners and the injured miners and their lawyers.

3. To call for the dismissal of the Commissioner of Police, General RiahPhiyega.

4. To demand that all the politicians and individuals who are in complicity with the police and state in the murder of the Marikana miners be brought to book.

5. To demand that the mining bosses accept full responsibility for the deaths of all the workers on the mines, and that where appropriate, necessary prosecutions must follow.

6. To demand the immediate absolute dropping and withdrawal of police charges against all the arrested Marikana miners.

We also call on the NUT Executive to support the international Day of Action called by NUMSA in support of these demands on August.

We agree to donate £250 to the Marikana Support Campaign.

Thank you for supporting the campaign!

Thank you to the Sustainability Institute for their donation to the striking miners. Their extraordinary gift of generosity provided 200 food parcels, more importantly it is a sign of acknowledgement and is hugely affirming for the mineworkers and their families.

It is a single and combined act that will build the inclusive society we are seeking to build and so desperately require. People like yourselves also make artists and activists like ourselves feel our efforts are all worth it.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts on behalf of the miners and our team!

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