We all mourn Marikana

2012-09-15 10:47

Karin Roberts via email
City Press has done something no other South African newspaper has.

With its series of articles on “The faces of Marikana” (September 9, 2012), the publication has shown us the human dimensions of this terrible event.

The dead of Marikana seemed to have been reduced to numbers, but now we can see their faces and read their stories.

They are no longer statistics, they have become real people for us, which makes those events even more terrible.

Each one of them was someone’s child and most were someone’s husband, someone’s father.

It’s shocking to finally find out how young so many of them were when death met them, and how many dependants have now been deprived of a breadwinner.

Out of their meagre salaries, they sent money home to their families and other relatives, and many of them were doing their best to provide a better education for their children and siblings in the hope that studying would bring them out of poverty.

These were hard working and responsible family men who made sacrifices to help their families, and my heart aches for those they have left behind.

I wish to salute City Press’ balanced reporting for including the two dead police officers and security guards in the articles.

You have done us all a great service by telling us some of their stories and reminding us that regardless of skin colour, nationality and creed, we are all brothers and sisters in humanity.

Tshego Leeuw via email

I wish to take the opportunity to congratulate City Press on its lead story “Never Forget” (September 9, 2012).

Thanks for bringing the human element to this terrible tragedy. I sobbed as I read each victim’s background.

The story brings to light the fact that these workers were ordinary men doing all they could to provide for their families.

Njabulo S Ndebele
Professor Emeritus
University of Cape Town

I was reflectively revisiting the Marikana shootings and killings, and thought to congratulate you (editor Ferial Haffajee) on how City Press took trouble to bring the full reality of the events to its readers,in particular the pictures and drawings, going with the text.

It shows a great deal of care.

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