Marikana’s long shadow
𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗻 𝟮𝟴 𝗔𝘂𝗴𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮.
This month marks ten years since the massacre at Marikana, where police shot and killed 34 striking miners. Despite the findings of an independent inquiry, no one within the police has been held accountable. Yet, evidence suggests police abuses didn’t end on the day of the shooting. In the weeks after the massacre, scores of miners were arrested, many claiming they were assaulted or tortured. Never-before-seen documents now reveal how police management unilaterally exonerated 77 officers implicated in these assaults and torture cases. Ten years on, there is every indication that the brutality at Marikana, and the lack of accountability that followed, is systemically rooted within the culture of the police service. No clearer is that demonstrated than in CCTV footage captured on the streets of New Germany north of Durban showing the premeditated killing of a defenceless suspect.
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