Editorial: Marikana – a massive failure of justice

2017-08-13 06:07
Picture: Leon Sadiki

Picture: Leon Sadiki

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Video

Marikana activist says Ramaphosa is the 'monster that caused Lonmin massacre'

2017-08-02 16:28

Marikana and housing activist Napoleon Webster criticised the media, calling it ‘the darling of Cyril Ramaphosa’ at the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa centre on Wednesday. Watch. WATCH

The fifth anniversary of the Marikana massacre is going to pass us by without a single police officer in the dock for killing 34 striking mine workers and injuring at least 72 on August 10 2012.

On that day, police gunned down 17 mine workers at the Marikana koppie before pursuing fleeing workers, killing a further 17 of them at the small koppie, at what is known today as Scene 2.

Some of the fleeing mine workers were hiding behind rocks when the police killed them in cold blood.

Others had been trying to surrender. Most were shot in the back.

Just why the officers responsible for the most lethal use of police force since the 1960 Sharpeville massacre have not been prosecuted for this crime beggars belief.

In March, we reported that former national police commissioner Riah Phiyega was to top a list of 72 officers identified for prosecution for their role in the massacre.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate told Parliament its investigations were at an advanced stage and that charges would include murder, assault, perjury and defeating the ends of justice.

So, why are we yet to see these police officers in court?

Two of the excuses advanced for this monumental failure of justice include: no budget for crime scene reconstruction and a forensic investigation, and confusion over which cops used which guns, making ballistics investigations difficult.

We have money for many things in this country – why not for this?

Failure to pursue the prosecutions sends a message that the lives of poor, migrant workers are meaningless.

Or could it be that it is not a priority because the workers had rejected a union that was favoured by the governing elite?

The mine workers alleged to have killed union officials, Lonmin security guards and police officers in the days before the massacre were rightly brought to book years ago.

We now need justice for the 34 massacred men. But, as another year passes, we lose hope that their families will receive it.

Read more on:    ipid  |  riah phiyega  |  marikana

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Book review: Hurt people

2017-10-22 06:07

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.