AMCU welcomes the news that the government is finally recognising that the South African state through its agents has been involved in a gross violation of Human Rights, namely the planning and execution of the Marikana Massacre where 34 mine workers were shot, killed and 78 others wounded.
The announcement by the Presidency that the victims will be compensated and guilty police officers will be charged is welcomed by AMCU, even if it is very late. We have had to wait more than four years for this commitment by the government.
However, while we wait on the details before we can express a categorical view on the process to bring healing to our people that suffered a great outrage comparable with the Sharpeville Massacre, we must express our concern at the lack of consultation by the government and the Ministry of Police, firstly with AMCU, representatives of the victims’ families, the arrested, the injured and the community.
More importantly, we are very concerned that government wishes to find easy scapegoats in the form of Senior Police officers when we know that the decision to break the strike of the heroic Lonmin workers could only have been taken at the highest level of the state.
Furthermore, the bosses of Lonmin are not facing any level of accountability for their role in this massacre, when we know that they urged the state to intervene, provided logistical support to the Police and have spectacularly failed to hold their Managers and directors to account, compensate the victims and address the very causes of the strike, namely the struggle for a living wage and decent living conditions for their workers.
As AMCU we are on record for saying that the Farlam Commission of Inquiry was totally inadequate in getting to the truth of what happened at Marikana. The Farlam Commission failed to find the real perpetrators of the Massacre – those who gave the orders to the ones that pulled the triggers.
No amount of money can compensate the victims of Marikana. Healing and reconciliation requires justice. As AMCU we continue, what we know will be a long struggle to obtain justice for the workers and their families. In this regard and given that the government is finally recognising its complicity in the Massacre we demand a Commission, facilitated by a credible independent body to get to the truth of who at the highest levels were responsible for the Marikana Massacre.
Such a commission should set out the processes and forms of compensation that can bring about a real and deep going process of healing to Lonmin workers, their families, the arrested, the inured, the community of Marikana and the people of South Africa – all of whom have made to suffer through this Massacre. The people of South Africa are forgiving but not without Justice. And for Justice we need the Truth.
REVOKING OF LONMIN LICENSE
This threat will never address the current exploitation faced by the working class in South Africa in particular at Lonmin. These threats by the State through DMR is a knee jack approach by the State avoiding and protecting the Neo Liberal economic policies that are persistence and generationally.
If the Government is serious about compliance by these mining houses they should have Commissioned a Commission of Inquiry regarding the United Nations report on gold smuggling by the South Africa Gold Mines and also they could have intervened in Lily Mine disaster in recovering the container of which is presumed to have the three (3) mineworkers and make sure that these mines are accountable.