Tricky situation for Marikana wives

2012-11-05 13:19

Rustenburg - Women who lost husbands in the Marikana shooting are in a difficult position as only one member of each family will be allowed to attend the hearing into their deaths, the Farlam commission heard on Monday.

Nicole Lewis, representing the families, said that initially two relatives were to be taken to Rustenburg in the North West for the inquiry, but on Saturday the families were informed only one could attend.

"This has two implications... widows must choose between attending and their culture."

The culture of many of the women dictated they were not permitted to travel alone while in mourning.

Lewis said the matter needed to be placed on record because this caused the women "pain and indignity".

Thirty-four miners were killed and 78 wounded when police opened fire on them near Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana on August 16. The judicial commission, chaired by retired judge Ian Farlam, was holding an inquiry into the shooting.

Dali Mpofu, representing the injured and arrested protesters, was scheduled to continue cross-examining crime scene expert Captain Apollo Mohlaki on Monday.

  • richard.bosmano - 2012-11-05 13:31

    "The culture of many of the women dictated they were not permitted to travel alone while in mourning." Are they muslims all of a sudden. This is just a ploy to score a free holiday trip to jozi for other family members.

  • ally.oh.7 - 2012-11-05 13:39

    Let those women take control of their lives. If they want to know what happened, they must attend and be adult enough to stand on their own two feet.

  • Sulette Behnke - 2012-11-05 13:42

    So the co-traveller doesn't need to attend the hearings do they ????*shake my head*

  • NicolasGombert - 2012-11-05 13:46

    I respect the families' culture but the postulating by the lawyers just have no end. Are they there to perform the inquiry or to make money? The one says they were hiding, the next says they were not hiding, is this aiding the truth or are they protecting the guilty? At this rate we'll hear the outcome by next year this time, long after Mangaung. A serious matter is turning into a legal circus while the taxpayer will have to fund it ad nauseum.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-11-05 15:07

      This commission is starting to become more about what the widows want and can or can't get, that about the actual shooting. Dali Mpofu seems determined to drag the enquiry on for as many months as he can milk the system for.

  • duduzile.nkosi - 2012-11-05 13:59

    Even at the bank a mourning woman doesnt que. Learn abt people's cultures and stop looking down on them

      raymond.buis.3 - 2012-11-05 14:45

      If I was in a bank and I saw some one jumping queue simply because they are in mourning , I would ask them very nicely to go mourn at the back of the line. You can not impose your own cultures on others

  • billy.debeila - 2012-11-05 14:17

    you won't understand this unless you studied African cultures or you lived among them. So you better shut up instead of commenting on issues you know little about.It is true; person who morns the death of a wife or husband is not allowed to walk long distances alone until such time that a ritual of "go apola" in Sepedi has been concluded, usually six months after the burial.

  • yolanda.haripersad.1 - 2012-11-05 14:17

    What is the African way of dealing with such a situation??

  • christopher.m.lowe - 2012-11-05 14:18

    I guess this is one of the downsides of being just one of the wives all married to the same man? Well now they'll have to finally take responsibility for their lives and decide which one of them will attend. And then get on with it

  • billy.debeila - 2012-11-05 14:22

    If you know nothing of these ladies' culture, then shut up and stop exposing your ignorance.A person who mourns the death of a loved one is not allowed to travel long distances (outside the village) by him/herelf. The mourner must wait for a period of six months and then perform a ritual called "Dikapolo" in Sepedi before resuming with his/her life as ussual.

      raymond.buis.3 - 2012-11-05 14:43

      And how is this the commissions problem? If they can't go they can't go. Finished

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