Marikana’s women win right to march

2012-09-29 13:17

The women of Marikana have waged a successful court battle against the municipality to allow a planned march to the Marikana police station today.

This was after the Madibeng and Rustenburg municipalities twice refused them the right to march.

The Wonderkop Community Women’s Association released a press statement today in which it said the North West High Court has set aside a prohibition on the women’s march.

The association accused the North West police of “conspiring” to put a blanket ban on all protests and marches in the Rustenburg area.

It said in its statement that the purpose of the march was to protest police violence in Marikana.

“We march for the death of our husbands, fathers, sons and brothers at the hands of the police.

We march for justice for the death of Paulina Masuthlo, our sister, who died on September 19, a few days after she was shot with rubber bullets by the police,” it said in its statement.

A spokesperson for the women, Thumeka Magwangqana, told City Press the march was currently underway, and that the women intended to hand over a memorandum of demands to police.

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