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Commemorative Rally Being Held to Mark the Anniversary of the Marikana Massacre (Plus: Video)

We Are Going To Kill Each Other TodayToday marks the first anniversary of the shooting at Lonmin’s Marikana mine that left 34 mineworkers dead. A commemorative rally is being held at the Koppie in Marikana where the shootings occurred.

The Sowetan reports that today “the Constitutional Court is expected to rule whether the State should pay the legal costs for the miners arrested and injured at Marikana” after Dali Mpofu, acting for the wounded and arrested Marikana miners at the hearings, told the Farlam Commission that his team may have to withdraw for financial reasons.

The first anniversary of the shooting at Lonmin’s Marikana mine, near Rustenburg in the North West, will be marked during a commemorative rally on Friday.

On August 10 last year, Lonmin rockdrillers embarked on an unprotected strike for a monthly salary of R12,500.

Thanduxolo Jika and Lucas Ledwaba, two of the authors of We Are Going To Kill Each Other Today: The Marikana Story, appeared on eNCA with Dan Moyane, where they discussed what it was like reporting from Marikana last year. Ledwaba, who wrote the first chapter of the book, arrived two days before the shooting that killed 34 people and by then, he said, nine people had already died. He described it as “a hard-hitting experience” and spoke about how different the protest was to others that had been held in the area previously.

Jika arrived on the day of the massacre and stayed in the community with the families. He said that, after spending time with them, he was exposed to a different story to what was being shown on television.

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Book details

  • We Are Going To Kill Each Other Today: The Marikana Story by Thanduxolo Jika, Sebabatso Mosamo, Leon Sadiki, Athandiwe Saba, Felix Dlangamandla, Lucas Ledwaba
    EAN: 9780624063452
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