“We agree, as you see us standing in front of you here, that blood was shed at this place. We agree that it was not something to our liking and, as a representative of the government, I apologise…I am begging, I beg and I apologise, may you find forgiveness in your hearts.” – Defense Minister Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula.
44 dead and 78 injured – that was one result of the Marikana mine strike. Most of that figure belongs to August 16 which has come to be known world-wide as the Marikana Massacre.
Another result was a shifting in the power landscape of the most powerful mine unions in South Africa. It also brought home the disturbing reality of South Africa and the possibility that, no matter the reason, it could happen near your home – unemployment, low wages, debt, intolerance to compromise and a lack of education beg violence.
This blog’s main focus is on Knysna but we live in a larger context and have to learn from the mistakes of others. May you learn from this video which features photographs, with narration, by Times photographer, Alon Skuy. It’s chilling…which is not a reason to ignore it but the very reason why you have to watch and share!
Here’s another about Marikana, with live film footage: