Civil group takes Marikana funding fight to the streets
Miners at Lonmin's Marikana mine. People marching to the Union Buildings on Thursday to push for state funding for the counsel of miners wounded and arrested at Marikana hoped to make a "statement" through their protest, the convenor said on Thursday. The commission is probing the circumstances surrounding the deaths of 44 people in strike-related unrest near Lonmin's platinum mine at Marikana, North West, in August last year.
He recently provisionally withdrew from the commission's hearings after failing to get state funding for himself and his team. Police shot dead 34 people, almost all striking mine workers, while trying to disperse a group gathered on a hill near the mine on August 16 2012.
Ten people, including two police officers and two security guards, died in the preceding week. If we have people with money and who can pledge support, we will welcome it," he said.
Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) chairperson Wayne Duvenage was also at the stadium to march. Duvenage added that if government could not fund both sides, then funding should be terminated for all.
Citizens4Marikana instructed its lawyers to secure permission for the Union Buildings march so it could appeal directly to President Jacob Zuma for legal funding in its quest to get to the truth about what happened at Marikana, spokesperson Erik de Ridder said on Monday.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Mail & GuardianSimilar Stories