Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
3 minute read
17 Aug 2021
4:00 am

Marikana events should be inclusive, not politicised, says analyst

Brian Sokutu

'Sidelining any stakeholder could lead to polarisation,' Dr Ralph Mathekga warned.

The rocky outcrop at Marikana where 34 miners were gunned down by police in August 2012. Picture: Bongiwe Mchunu/African News Agency

As South Africa marked the ninth anniversary of the Marikana massacre yesterday (Monday), a leading political analyst warned of the danger posed by the chasm among key role players failing to collectively commemorate the country’s first post-apartheid mass killing. While a hybrid commemoration led by the Association of Mining and Construction Workers Union (Amcu) and addressed by leaders of various opposition political parties took place at the Marikana koppie site of the killings in Rustenburg, absent was the ruling ANC or government. “These events should be all-inclusive, not be politicised, but used to reflect on social justice,” said independent political...