The 16th August 2017 marks the 5th anniversary of the Marikana mining massacre. On that day, 34 striking miners were shot down by the South Africa police. To date, despite investigations and hearing of evidence at the Farlam Commission, no one has been held accounatble for the deaths of the miners and families are yet to receive compensation.
War on Want, Marikana Miners Solidarity Campaign, the Pan-Afrikan Society Community Forum, London Mining Network and Uhuru productions will be hosting Primrose Sonti and Thumeka Magwangqana from Sikhala Sonke — a community movement set up by the women of Marikana — from the 12 — 21 August 2017.
Primrose and Thumeka will be in the UK to share the story of their struggle to hold British mining company, Lonmin, to account for their human and labour rights abuses. A documentary, Strike a Rock, has been produced which traces the fight against Lonmin, the police and the government as told through the friendship between Primrose and Thumeka. This is a story of sisterhood — women leading the struggle, supporting each other and taking on capitalist patriarchy in South Africa. Primrose and Thumeka are bringing this fight to the UK and right to the door of Lonmin.