A documentary on Marikana titled “Strike a Rock” aired on Thursday night in Maboneng, Johannesburg. It highlights the plight of Marikana women.

Filmed three years ago, the documentary was screened on the anniversary of 34 Lonmin mineworkers gunned down by police seven years ago.

The documentary zooms in on the Marikana women’s hardships after the massacre and the struggles they’re confronted with seven years on.

It follows two women in Wonderkop; Primrose Sonti and Thumeka Magwangqana who work tirelessly for change. The pair started an organisation called Sikhala Sonke; which means ‘we are crying together.’

The NGO becomes a refuge for those affected by the tragedy.

Sonti, also known as Mama Marikana, rose up in the ranks as an Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MP.

The film includes the  two year long Farlam Commission of Inquiry.

It also shows the lengths to which the widows have gone to feed their families by taking up work underground.

The documentary forms part of a trilogy series during Women’s Month. Next Friday, the film ‘Standing on their shoulders’ will be aired. It will look at Women’s Movements from 1956 to the Fees Must Fall campaigns.

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