Press Release – 14 August 2017
THE WOMEN OF MARIKANA IN THE UK OVER
THE 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MARIKANA MASSACRE
This month marks 5 years since 37 people, mostly striking mineworkers, were killed by the South African Police at Marikana. Despite international attention, a judicial inquiry, legal proceedings and mass-activism that followed the massacre, nothing has changed for the community of Marikana. There has been no accountability.
Voices that were previously unheard – the strong women leaders and the community that surrounds the mine – speak out in a new documentary called Strike A Rock. They expose the very real obstruction of justice and lack of accountability by Lonmin Plc, who shirk their legal obligations to the community, and by the South African government, who neglect to ensure that the required socio-economic development takes place.
Strike A Rock has subsequently won Best South African Documentary 2017 as well as the Amnesty International Award for Human Rights.
A screening and solidarity tour will take place in the United Kingdom from 12 to 21 August 2017. Thumeka Magwangqana and Primrose Sonti, leaders of the Sikhala Sonke Women’s Organization in Marikana; and director of Strike A Rock, Aliki Saragas, will be hosted by War on Want, Marikana Miners Solidarity Campaign, the Pan-Afrikan Society Community Forum, London Mining Network and Uhuru Productions.
“Primrose and Thumeka will be in the UK to share the story of their struggle to hold British mining company, Lonmin, to account for their human and labour rights abuses. This is a story of sisterhood – women leading the struggle, supporting each other and taking on capitalist patriarchy in South Africa. Primrose and Thumeka are bringing this fight to the UK and right to the door of Lonmin,” say War On Want.
Sikhala Sonke demands the following of Lonmin Plc and the relevant authorities:
We invite you to join us in this fight. Show your solidarity by attending and sharing the following events and protest actions:
Public Strike A Rock film screenings:
Primrose, Thumeka and filmmaker, Aliki Saragas, will be in attendance at all the screenings and will participate in a dialogue after the screenings.
Protest actions, 16 August 2017:
The protest actions have been organised by the PACSF and Marikana Miners Solidarity Campaign, to commemorate the anniversary of the Marikana mining massacre. We invite the public to participate.
Please join us to show your solidarity and support the women of Sikhala Sonke.
See Strike A Rock trailer here: https://vimeo.com/150025734
Jacqui-Lee Katz, – firstname.lastname@example.org – +27 72 060 2440
Kathleen Hardy – email@example.com – +27 82 556 5196
Facebook: Strike A Rock