Animated Lonmin video hits internet

2012-09-04 14:42

A video – created by Taiwanese animators – of the recent shooting at the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana has been viewed more than 2 000 times since it was uploaded on YouTube.

The video, titled “Blood Platinum: South Africa’s miners strike”, was uploaded four days ago and takes a dig at the ANC and mine bosses.

Narrated in Taiwanese with English subtitles, it shows characters representing workers protesting with placards reading “raise” and “more rand”.

A confrontation breaks out between the mineworkers and white policemen with the ANC flag on the front of their uniforms.

Some miners are shot, while others are arrested. The video shows their appearance in court.

The subtitle reads: “Under ‘common purpose’ doctrine miners can be charged because they confronted the police, which in turn caused a violent response.”

“Woah ... wait a minute ‘common purpose’ doctrine? Isn’t that from the apartheid era, when the white government used ‘common purpose’ to suppress black democracy protesters?” it asks.

The video then shows an animated depiction of former president Nelson Mandela being freed from prison by activists, who break down the prison wall.

He is then seen standing on a podium flanked by the South African and ANC flags with the subtitle: “ANC, you’ve got to be kidding me”.

As the animated miners work underground, the video subtitles read: “There is no doubt the SA government wants this to end ASAP [as soon as possible].

“But isn’t it possible to offer miners decent life while making a profit at the same time?”

A black mine boss is shown sitting on a throne, on top of the mineral being mined.

“Are the government and big mineral producers in South Africa trying to have their cake and eat it too?” reads another subtitle.

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