NPA urged to speed up prosecutions of all implicated in Marikana massacre

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The Right2Know organisation is calling on the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to speed up the prosecutions of all those implicated in the Marikana massacre.

Sunday marks eight years since the tragedy occurred, where 34 mineworkers were gunned down by the police at a Lonmin Platinum Mine during a strike. More than 200 others were injured.
The incident is described as the most deadly use of force by the police in South Africa, since the 1976 Soweto June 16 uprisings.
In a statement, Right2Know says: “We have seen hardly no one whatsoever, being held to account for the massacre that remains a painful dent on our young democracy.”

Adding that: “We remain committed to challenging the establishment for the increase in the militarised policing response of the police towards protests and dissent in our country since the Marikana massacre. We cannot continue to have protesters suffering injuries and at times death at the hands of those who are meant to serve and protect them. ”

The rights organisation’s full statement is below:

8th commemoration ceremony

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) is commemorating the eighth anniversary of the Marikana massacre in Johannesburg for the first time since the tragedy due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The event’s live stream is in he video below: 

‘Lives unchanged’

Amcu President Joseph Mathunjwa says the lives of those living in the mining community of Nkaneng Informal Settlement in Marikana, in the North West, have not yet been improved.

This despite the promises made by the then mining company Lonmin, which is now Sibanye Stillwater.

Mathunjwa speaks to the SABC News in the video below: