LONMIN PLC and S.A. Government urged to meet the demands of Marikana Women
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The tragic events of the Marikana Massacre have left a deep scar on South Africa. At the very best the massacre could have served at a call to Lonmin PLC (The Platinum Mine at the heart of the strike and subsequent massacre) and the South African Government to genuinely improve the lives of those living in Marikana and mining communities in general. Instead Lonmin PLC and the South African state have failed in their responsibility and neglected this opportunity.
The demands set out below by Sikhala Sonke would represent a sincere and meaningful first step towards improving living conditions in Marikana and healing the deep wounds the community has had to endure. The demands will also set the precedent for other mining communities. By taking these demands seriously the government, Department of Mineral Resources and Lonmin PLC will demonstrate the type of care and commitment necessary to take South Africa forward for all its people.
The demands are as follows.
· Lonmin and government must make a public apology for the Marikana Massacre.
· Lonmin and government must pay reparations to the affected parties, including all dependents of the deceased mineworkers and the injured and arrested workers who survived the Massacre.
· The police officers, particularly those in command positions, should be prosecuted for their role in the events of August 2012.
· There must be immediate justice (prosecution and reparations) for the death of Paulina Masuhlo, and the other women injured by police on 15 September 2012.
· 16 August must be declared a National holiday.
· There must be full and proper consultation by Lonmin with all affected parties regarding the proposed commemorative monument.
· Lonmin must fully comply with its current obligations under its SLP, including the development of 2638 (rental and ownership) accommodation units and 4000 apartments and ensure that these are affordable for mineworkers and the community, within the stipulate timeframes.
· Government must take steps against Lonmin for non-compliance with its previous and current SLP, including the revocation of its mining right if necessary.
· The CAO is to complete its compliance appraisal by the end of August 2017 and must directly address the failures by the IFC in oversight of its investment in Lonmin.
We invite you to join us in this fight.
Sikhala Sonke is a women’s group based in Marikana. The group formed in the Aftermath of the Marikana Massacre. They represent the women and residents of Marikana and the surrounding settlements. Over the past 3 years they have been campaigning to improve the living conditions in Marikana as well as continuing the ongoing campaign for justice.
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