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Marikana massacre


New leader for the ANC in South Africa, but political rot runs deep

New leader for the ANC in South Africa, but political rot runs deep Delegates at the African National Congress conference have elected Cyril Ramaphosa as the party’s new leader.

What's behind the call for a general strike in South Africa?

Whats behind the call for a general strike in South Africa? The Cosatu trade union federation in South Africa has called a general strike for next Wednesday, 27 September.

LETTERS: Five years after massacre, South African workers have unfinished business

LETTERS: Five years after massacre, South African workers have unfinished business Five years ago on 16 August South African police shot dead 34 striking miners at the Lonmin Corporation’s Marikana mine.

Reports round-up: Six days of strikes scheduled to hit British Airways

Reports round-up: Six days of strikes scheduled to hit British Airways Also: Benefit cuts kill in Kentish Town | Nominate Ian Allinson in Unite | Peace activists target fighter jets | Nuclear bosses attack pensions | No justice over Marikana | Picturehouse strike vote | EHRC layoffs | Fracking protests | Housing campaigns

Don't forget the message of Marikana

Dont forget the message of Marikana This week four years ago South African police gunned down 34 striking mine workers at the Lonmin corporation’s Marikana mine.

Marikana massacre inquiry: The truth behind the cover-up

Marikana massacre inquiry: The truth behind the cover-up The South African state’s official inquiry into the killing of 34 striking miners in 2012 has provoked shock and disbelief, Rehad Desai and Jim Nichol told Ken Olende

Open letter from South Africa - release the report into the Marikana massacre

05 May 2015
This is an edited version of an open letter from activists asking why the results of the inquiry into the massacre have not yet been made public

Rally for massacred Marikana miners

19 August 2014
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. 

Miners Shot Down - film exposes murder and collusion in South Africa

12 August 2014
Rehad Desai, director of the Miners Shot Down film, talked to Socialist Worker about why it’s a must-see for trade unionists

Angry strikers react to Marikana massacre film in South Africa's platinum belt

06 May 2014
Two years ago South African cops shot and killed 34 strikers at Marikana platinum mine, with the collusion of bosses and politicians. Now a documentary film about the massacre is being shown in the platinum belt where 80,000 miners are on strike. Charlie Kimber describes the atmosphere at one of the mass twilight screenings

South Africa: The ANC monolith cracks

29 April 2014
Irvin Jim, head of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, and Dali Mpofu of the Economic Freedom Fighters, speak to Socialist Worker's Ken Olende

South Africa's largest union breaks with ANC and calls for new workers' party

07 January 2014
South Africa’s largest union withdrew electoral support for the governing African National Congress (ANC) in a historic move at a special conference last month. It went on to call for a new workers’ party to be set up.

Marikana film shows cops' attacks on miners

29 October 2013
New evidence backs miners in the fight for justice over the Marikana massacre, reports Ken Olende

New footage of Marikana massacre shows unprovoked attack

25 October 2013
Socialist film maker Rehad Desai has uncovered previously unseen news footage of the beginning of the Marikana massacre in South Africa in August 2012.

Cops faked Marikana inquiry evidence

24 September 2013
Newly revealed footage from after the Marikana mine massacre of 2012 shows Brigadier Adriaan Calitz, praising police for a perfectly executed plan. It was Calitz who had ordered the police to open fire on striking miners.

Workers' revolt in South Africa is a direct challenge to the ANC

13 August 2013
South Africa is going through a revolt. It started with the victorious strike at Marikana and a wave of wildcat strikes in the mines.

The shocking collusion behind the Marikana miners' massacre

13 August 2013
A year after the Marikana massacre, miners’ lawyer Jim Nichol looks at the facts revealed by the inquiry

Shooting at mine in South Africa

04 June 2013
Two men walked into the National Union of Mineworkers office at the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana, South Africa, and shot two officials on Monday of this week. 

Guards fire on striking miners in South Africa

21 May 2013
Ten striking chrome miners were hospitalised after rubber bullets were fired on Tuesday of this week at the Lanxess mine near Rustenberg in South Africa. 

New strike at Marikana follows shooting of union militant

14 May 2013
Tensions between unions in South African mines have grown since last year’s massacre of striking miners, writes Rehad Desai

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