Advocacy organisations have raised questions over the progress of the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) investigations into the Marikana tragedy.

Friday marked the 7th anniversary of the Marikana tragedy, in the North West mining area. Thirty-four mine workers were shot dead by police during a protracted wage strike at the then Lonmin operations, now owned by Sibanye-Stillwater.

The Marikana Support Campaign’s Rehad Desai says they believe the provincial NPA is trying to protect the police.

“Seventy-one police officers were recommended for prosecution by the police ministry’s own independent investigative directorate. Only eight have been in court and those counts have been postponed for the umpteenth time. We’ve got to ask ourselves, what is the NW (North West) NPA doing? What stands behind this lack of inaction? We can only believe that they are trying to protect the police.”