With today marking exactly four years since 34 striking miners were shot dead by police in the platinum mining town of Marikana, prominent South Africans have taken to social networking site Twitter to remember the 2012 tragedy described as the country’s first post-apartheid massacre, under the hashtag #RememberMarikana.
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema stuck by his party’s line that the massacre was allegedly perpetrated by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, ANC cabinet ministers including suspended National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega and platinum producer Lonmin.
Ramaphosa,Mthethwa,Shabangu,Phiyega,ANC & Lonmine r responsible for Marikana massacre.Till today no one has paid the price #RememberMarikana
— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) August 16, 2016
Outgoing public protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela also weighed in, saying she hopes for a speedy settlement for the families of the victims. On Monday mineworkers’ union Amcu said efforts to get government compensation for the affected families and requests for a memorial to be erected with the names of those who died had gone unaddressed.
— Adv Thuli Madonsela (@ThuliMadonsela3) August 16, 2016
Here are some tweets from influential South Africans on #RememberMarikana:
#RememberMarikana state sponsored murder in post apartheid SA
— Nkepile Mabuse (@NkepileMabuse) August 16, 2016
Four years have passed. 44 people are still dead. Justice has not been served. Today is a painful anniversary. #RememberMarikana
— #RememberMarikana (@kaysexwale) August 16, 2016
No justice, no peace. #RememberMarikana
— 43.03 (@Sisonkemsimang) August 16, 2016
— Alex Jay (@AlexJayZA) August 16, 2016