Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
Premium Journalist
6 minute read
16 Aug 2021
6:38 pm

Marikana Massacre: 9 years on, still no one has taken responsibility

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Among those who have yet to answer for their roles in the Marikana massacre are unions, mine bosses, government, police, and the president.

AMCU members commemorate Lomnin employees who were massacred by police in 2012 at Marikana koppie, 16 August 2021. Picture: Nigel Sibanda/The Citizen

Looking back after nine-years, many questions remain unanswered, and real accountability for the fatal shooting of 34 miners at the hands of the police still appears to be a distant dream for their families. The lives of 44 people were lost during the tragic event known as the Marikana Massacre in 2012, and none of their families have received justice. Lost in translation, as it appears in public discourse, is the exact meaning of justice and accountability regarding the event. On the list of those to blame, ANC leadership, the police and its ministry. as well as the the executives...