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Rally for massacred Marikana miners

by Ken Olende
Issue No. 2417

Joseph Mathunjwa addresses the anniversary rally

Joseph Mathunjwa addresses the anniversary rally on the site of the massacre (Pic: Clare Fermont)


More than 10,000 people rallied for the second anniversary of the Marikana massacre last Saturday. In 2012 South African police gunned down 112 striking platinum miners, killing 34. 

Amcu miners’ union leader Joseph Mathunjwa told the crowd that a trust fund had been set up. He said, “Amcu donated £112,600, which will help to build houses for widows and families of slain mineworkers.” 

Other protests were held across South Africa and the world. 

Activists in London held a vigil outside the South African embassy.

South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma made a statement to remember the miners, which jarred with the government’s attempts to avoid all responsibility.

The ferment that emerged from the Marikana massacre and the resulting strike wave continues. 

A lockout of metal workers that prolonged a recent strike has ended. 


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