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:

  • Lonmin and government must make a public apology for the Massacre.
  • Lonmin and government must pay reparations to the affected parties, including all dependents of the deceased mineworkers and the injured and arrested workers who survived the Massacre.
  • The police officers, particularly those in command positions, should be prosecuted for their role in the events of August 2012.
  • There must be immediate justice (prosecution and reparations) for the death of Paulina Masuhlo, and the other women injured by police on 15 September 2012.
  • 16 August must be declared a National holiday.
  • There must be full and proper consultation by Lonmin with all affected parties regarding the proposed commemorative monument.
  • Lonmin must fully comply with its current obligations under its SLP, including the development of 2638 (rental and ownership) accommodation units and 4000 apartments and ensure that these are affordable for mineworkers and the community, within the stipulate timeframes.
  • Government must take steps against Lonmin for non-compliance with its previous and current SLP, including the revocation of its mining right if necessary.
  • The CAO is to complete its compliance appraisal by the end of August 2017 and must directly address the failures by the IFC in oversight of its investment in Lonmin.

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:

  • Sheffield, 14 August 2017 at 6pm: Showroom & Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX. Book your ticket here 
  • London, 15 August 2017 at 6pm: The Discus Room, UNITE The Union, 128 Theobald Road,London, WC1X 8TN. Book your ticket here 
  • War on Want Film Club, 17 August 2017 at 6:30pm:44-48 Shepherdess Walk, London, N1 7JP
  • Brixton, 18 August 2017 at 7pm: 336 Brixton Rd, London SW9 7AA (organised by PACSF and Marikana Miners Solidarity Campaign)

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.

  • 16 August 2017, 1pm – 2pm: Lonmin’s headquarters, Connaught House, 1-3 Mount Street, W1K 3N
  • 16 August 2017, 4:30pm – 7pm: The South African High Commission, South Africa House, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DP

Please join us to show your solidarity and support the women of Sikhala Sonke.

See Strike A Rock trailer here: https://vimeo.com/150025734

Contact:

Jacqui-Lee Katz, – screenings@strikearock.co.za  –  +27 72 060 2440
Kathleen Hardy – kathleen@strikearock.co.za – +27 82 556 5196​⁠​
Website: www.strikearock.co.za
Facebook: Strike A Rock
Twitter: @StrikeARock

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