Miner families lobby for doccie

2014-08-11 00:00

THE families of miners killed in Marikana are lobbying the SABC and e.tv to broadcast the award-winning film Miners Shot Down on Saturday to mark the second anniversary of the massacre.

Directed by Rehad Desai, the film is a hard-hitting account of the deaths of 34 striking miners at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine in the North West province in August 2012.

It was named the Best South African Documentary at the Durban International Film Festival last month and was also the winner of the Amnesty International Human Rights award there. Miners Shot Down has been screened on DStv, but has not yet been flighted on domestic television.

Manthabang Ntsenyeho, widow of Andries Ntsenyeho, one of the men killed, told The Witness that the decision not to show the film was preventing the majority of South Africans from learning the truth about Marikana.

“Our husbands died unexpectedly. They never got sick, they were killed,” she said. “They were the providers in our homes because as wives, we were unemployed. Now our kids are left without fathers.”

In response to public pressure, the SABC has said it will try to find a slot to screen the film in 2015. e.tv has said that it has already shown content relating to the Marikana massacre.

It’s not what the campaigners want to hear.

Koketso Moeti, spokesperson for social justice organisation amandla.mobi, said: “These excuses and stall tactics aren’t good enough.

“Our free-to-air channel and broadcaster have a responsibility to us as TV licence holders and citizens to tell the story of South Africa’s first ‘post-apartheid’ massacre’.”

amandla.mobi has set up an online petition to call for the screening of the film this weekend. The petition is at http://www.amandla.mobi/etv_sabc_screenminersshotdown or dial *120*4729# from any cellphone. Alternatively, log onto www.minersshotdown.co.za and see how you can get the film screened in your area.

• Al Jazeera English (DStv channel 406) will be showing Miners Shot Down at 10 pm on Wednesday, 2 pm on Thursday, 3 am on Friday and 8 am on Saturday (all times CAT).

• The film is also being screened as part of the Remember Marikana Solidarity Benefit Concert at Live — The Venue, 166 Stamford Hill Road, Durban on Saturday.

The event is being hosted by Live, in conjunction with Durban Is Yours, Street Scene, Off Tha Record, The Body Rock Crew and #WhatIfThisCity.

Tickets cost R50 with 50% going directly to the families of the deceased workers. All the artists, the venue, the logistics team and organisers have offered their contribution for free.

Inquiries: whatkindekse@hotmail.com

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.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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.


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.