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Thousands of striking mine workers demonstrate on a hill near Lonmins Karee Platinum Mine demanding a wage increase on August 16, 2012 in Rustenburg, South Africa. (Photo by Leon Sadiki/City Press/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Thousands of striking mine workers demonstrate on a hill near Lonmins Karee Platinum Mine demanding a wage increase on August 16, 2012 in Rustenburg, South Africa. (Photo by Leon Sadiki/City Press/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
  • 16 August 2020 marks eight years since the Marikana Massacre. 
  • To commemorate this day, the South African State Theatre has made their musical adaptation of the events available for viewers to stream on YouTube.
  • The musical is available to be streamed until 6 September 2020.


On 16 August 2012 mineworkers gathered on a hill in Marikana, North West to protest against the wages and poor living conditions that they were subject to. The South African Police opened fire on the mineworks resulting in the loss of ten lives. 

To commemorate this day, the South African State Theatre has made their musical adaptation of the events available for viewers to stream on YouTube. 

Marikana the Musical is an award winning adaptation. Directed by Aubrey Sekhabi, the musical borrows its cues from the book We are Going to Kill Each Other Today: The Marikana Story written by Felix Dlangamandla, Thanduxolo Jika, Lucas Ledwaba, Sebabatso Mosamo, Athandiwe Saba and Leon Sadiki. 

However since its release in x, critics have flagged the musical for contributing toward the country’s amnesia around the massacre. Writing for The Conversation Nduka Mntambo said: 

The songs’ lyrics and the decisions about the choreography of both the miners and the police illustrated the problematic – and at times morally and politically dubious – decisions by the creators of the play.

The musical is available to be streamed until 6 September 2020. For more information visit The State Theatre.