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Tony Heard | 16 August 2012: The day our fortunes were driven back to apartheid

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Mgcineni Noki rallies workers in Marikana before the deadly clash with police on 16 August 2012. Photo: Leon Sadiki/City Press
Mgcineni Noki rallies workers in Marikana before the deadly clash with police on 16 August 2012. Photo: Leon Sadiki/City Press

Tuesday marks the tenth anniversary of the Marikana massacre. Tony Heard asks whether enough has been done to prevent another Marikana? After examining the Ian Farlam report and the recent report of the Sandy Africa panel into the July unrest, Heard writes that the answer is no.

Next week marks the tenth anniversary of the Marikana massacre but has enough been done to avert another Marikana? The answer, from accounts, is a resounding no. A closer look at bouts of unrest shows a serial pattern of delay.

The July 2021 unrest and looting mainly in KwaZulu-Natal led to a telling comment by Professor Sandy Africa's panel in its report on those events a year later. "Little has changed in the conditions that led to the unrest."

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