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South Africa’s goldmines beset by simmering resentment

In Plunder, rebellion, Repression on October 1, 2012 at 9:20 am

Down the mine there is pain, oppression and the cold fear of never coming back. But worst of all, said rock driller Mbuzi Mokwane, is the day he gets his pay cheque. “My pay day is the most miserable day for me. At least during the week I’m working. But on the day you’re given a pay slip that says 4,000 rand [£300], you start calculating your outgoings and you can go crazy. There is daylight robbery in the mines.” Read the rest of this entry »


Mgcineni “Mambush” Noki

In Repression, Revolt on September 25, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Mgcineni “Mambush” Noki

Mgcineni “Mambush” Noki Read the rest of this entry »

The murder fields of Marikana. The cold murder fields of Marikana.

In Repression, Revolt, Strikes on August 30, 2012 at 4:46 am

by Greg Marinovch, The Daily Maverick

The majority of the dead in the 16 August massacre at Marikana appear to have been shot at close range or crushed by police vehicles. They were not caught in a fusillade of gunfire from police defending themselves, as the official account would have it. GREG MARINOVICH spent two weeks trying to understand what really happened. What he found was profoundly disturbing. Read the rest of this entry »

Liberation betrayed by bloodshed

In rebellion, Repression on August 26, 2012 at 10:25 am

by Njabulu S. Ndebele, City Press

The tragedy at Marikana reflects the loss of the vision of liberation and the onset of repression by default, argues Njabulo S Ndebele 

On the evening of Thursday, August 16, in Johannesburg, I returned to my hotel for a well-deserved rest.  Read the rest of this entry »

Marikana was the uprising of the poor

In rebellion, Repression on August 26, 2012 at 10:22 am

by Simphiwe Dana, The Sunday Independent

And they mowed them down with automatic guns. Just like in the movies… except, there were no sound effects. No slow motion for emphasis. Just dust. It sounded like fireworks going off. A thunder of explosions that could excite or terrify. Fast and gritty. A memory snatched by time amid the recollection of a dream. It was a dream, so quickly was it over. I blinked and it had never happened. Read the rest of this entry »

Activists decry talk of ‘third force’ at Marikana

In rebellion, Repression on August 25, 2012 at 3:36 pm

by Niren Tolsi, Mail & Guardian

The suggestion, presented with a sprinkling of muti, is that the 34 miners would not have been shot dead if some unseen hand had not been at work.

The Marikana dust appeared to have just settled on the bodies of the 34 dead miners last week when the spin machines started whirring out the spectre of a “third force”, whispering of “agents provocateur” and “criminal elements” at work. Read the rest of this entry »

Marikana Massacre a Bleak Reminder of Worst Days of Apartheid

In rebellion, Repression on August 24, 2012 at 2:47 am

by Feargal Enright, éirígí

At least 34 people were shot dead and 80 more were injured when police opened fire on striking workers at a platinum mine in Marikana, in the North West province of South Africa last Thursday [August 16]. Read the rest of this entry »

The Massacre of Our Illusions…and the Seeds of Something New

In Repression, Revolt on August 24, 2012 at 2:41 am

by Leonard Gentle, SACSIS

The story of Marikana runs much deeper than an inter-union spat. After the horror of watching people being massacred on television, Marikana now joins the ranks of the Bulhoek and Sharpeville massacres, and the images evoked by Hugh Masekela’s Stimela, in the odious history of a method of capital accumulation based on violence. Read the rest of this entry »

The Marikana Massacre: a Premeditated Killing?

In Repression, Revolt, we shall be the prey and the vulture on August 24, 2012 at 2:32 am

by BENJAMIN FOGEL, CounterPunch

“Two hundred thousand subterranean heroes who, by day and by night, for a mere pittance lay down their lives to the familiar `fall of rock` and who, at deep levels, ranging from 1,000 to 3,000 feet in the bowels of the earth, sacrifice their lungs to the rock dust which develops miners’  phthisis and pneumonia.”

– Sol Plaatjie, first Secretary of the African National Congress, describing the lives of black miners in 1914 Read the rest of this entry »

Marikana: What really happened? We may never know.

In rebellion, Repression on August 23, 2012 at 7:22 am

by Mandy de Waal, The Daily Maverick

As Jacob Zuma attempts to contain the damage of the Marikana massacre by promising a speedy enquiry, researchers, activists and rights officials at the scene of Lonmin’s killing fields are accusing the police of tampering with evidence. Even worse, a theory is emerging that the police manoeuvre at Marikana that left so many miners dead was a deliberate and deadly act.  Read the rest of this entry »