USPG has been supporting the plight of the families of 34 miners who in 2012 were shot dead, in Marikana, near Johannesburg, South Africa, while striking for a living wage.
We are urging the mining company Lonmin to do more to compensate the bereaved families of the victims.
The demonstrating miners were shot after the authorities chose to categorise them as criminals and opened fire.
To date, despite investigations and hearing of evidence at the Farlam Commission, no one has been held accountable for the deaths of the miners and families are yet to receive compensation.
USPG Director for Global Relations Rachel Parry said: ‘Back in 2012, the miners were not asking to be paid the high salaries of the executives who were getting rich on the platinum they were mining. They were asking for a living wage to support their families – and 34 of them were shot, many in the back.
‘To this day, their widows and children have not been adequately compensated for losing their family breadwinners.
‘While Lonmin and shareholders continue to reap profits from the mine, we were calling for fair compensation for the widows and an apology from Lonmin for this act.
‘With the fifth anniversary of the shootings on 16 August this year, we will not forget those who lost their lives, and not forget to stand alongside those calling for an apology and for recompense.’
Lonmin issued a statement in January to say it was improving housing conditions for workers, adding: ‘Lonmin is in constant engagement with affected stakeholders, worker representatives and trade unions.’
The Women of Marikana Rise Speaker Tour, 12–21 August
The 16 August 2017 marks the fifth anniversary of the Marikana mining massacre.
War on Want, Marikana Miners Solidarity Campaign, Pan-Afrikan Society Community Forum, London Mining Network and Uhuru productions will be hosting Primrose Sonti and Thumeka Magwangqana from Sikhala Sonke – a community movement set up by the women of Marikana – from 12–21 August 2017.
Please come along and show your solidarity by attending the following events and actions:
Public film screenings:
- Sheffield: 6pm, 14 August: Showroom & Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX. Book your ticket here
- London: 6pm, 15 August (venue to be confirmed)
- War on Want Film Club: 6:30pm, 17 August: 44-48 Shepherdess Walk, London, N1 7JP
- Brixton: 7pm, 18 August: 336 Brixton Rd, London SW9 7AA (organised by PACSF and Marikana Miners Solidarity Campaign)
Primrose, Thumeka and filmmaker Aliki Saragas, will be in attendance at the screenings and there will be time after the screenings for discussions.
Public protest and demonstration in London
A protest, organised by the PACSF and Marikana Miners Solidarity Campaign, will be held on the 16 August 2017 to commemorate the anniversary of the Marikana mining massacre.
- 1–2pm outside Lonmin’s headquarters, Connaught House, 1-3 Mount Street, W1K 3N
- 4:30–7pm outside the South African High Commission, South Africa House, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DP
Please join us to show your solidarity and support the women of Sikhala Sonke.
For more details, see http://www.waronwant.org/media/women-marikana-rise-speaker-tour