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The demand of a blue police uniform is a annoying reminder to Sebolai Liau that someone wearing the same apparel pulled a trigger that launched a bullet that took his father’s existence.

What makes it even worse is energetic that none of these who sprayed bullets in the direction of his father, Janaveke Raphael Liau, and 33 completely different putting Lonmin mining firm staff in Marikana approach Rustenburg on August 16 2012 have been prosecuted for the killings that shook the country.

Liau used to be only 14 on the day his world changed dramatically. Eight years later, he remembers precisely what came about and how it affected his existence.

He and completely different relatives of the victims joined unions, human rights activists and completely different organisations, as effectively as mine staff themselves, in the eighth commemoration of the deaths of 34 mine staff who had been killed correct by a wage strike.

Two police officers, two Lonmin security guards and six mine staff, including non-putting ones believed to have been killed for reporting for accountability, had been killed in the times sooner than August 16, bringing to 44 the number of of us that lost their lives in no longer as much as one week in Marikana.

NON-MOVING WHEELS OF JUSTICE

On the day of the massacre, Liau realised one thing used to be corrupt as he approached his home in rural Lesotho and noticed relatives and neighbours sitting around. He spotted his uncle crying amongst them, however had no inkling that his father had been killed till the dreadful recordsdata used to be broken to him.

“There I used to be, instantly fatherless. My family and our extended family had been robbed of a breadwinner and a loving, caring father. Nothing’s ever been the same since that second,” he mentioned in a speech correct by the commemoration on Thursday, which used to be organised by the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of SA and the C-19 Folk’s Coalition on Thursday.

Liau, who turns 22 this twelve months and is in his second twelve months of have faith about for an accounting diploma on the University of Johannesburg – used to be joined by Nowili Palesa Nungu, who also lost his father, Jackson Lehupa, at Marikana.

AMCU’S MATHUNJWA CRITICISES MADONSELA

Joseph Mathunjwa, president of the Association of Mineworkers and Building Union (Amcu), reiterated the grievance of the deceased mine staff’ kids that there had been no justice for the killings.

“The effect is justice for Marikana?” he asked correct by his union’s memorial lecture on Friday. He mentioned the mine’s new owners, Sibanye-Stillwater, had no longer only purchased Lonmin’s operations last twelve months, however had also inherited what took location in Marikana.

We mature to call it the Lonmin massacre, however Lonmin is now gone. Sibanye-Stillwater took over and now we must always call it the Sibanye-Stillwater massacre

Joseph Mathunjwa, Amcu president

“We mature to call it the Lonmin massacre, however Lonmin is now gone. Sibanye-Stillwater took over and now we must always call it the Sibanye-Stillwater massacre,” mentioned Mathunjwa.

He criticised earlier Public Protector Recommend Thuli Madonsela unbiased correct about a hours sooner than she delivered a Marikana memorial lecture organised by Sibanye-Stillwater on Friday.

Amcu, he mentioned, had been web hosting commemorations yearly since 2013 and had been joined by Lonmin in present ones, so he did not heed why Sibanye-Stillwater had held a parallel memorial lecture.

He mentioned Madonsela had “never location her foot in Marikana to pay homage to of us who died there”, however used to be nonetheless giving a memorial lecture organised by the mining firm.

“When the master calls, they speed, however when the downtrodden call, nobody runs,” he mentioned.

In response, Madonsela mentioned she understood Mathunjwa’s “arouse and desire to lash out, attributable to he used to be there. The distress is unruffled uncooked.”

It used to be no longer only correct, she added, that she had never been to Marikana.

I’ve been to the Marikana effect correct by my a massive number of journeys investigating the Bapo ba Mogale stolen monies and allegations of being short-changed on royalties by Lonmin and others. I wasn’t aware that the memorial lecture wasn’t a joint mission

Thuli Madonsela, earlier Public Protecor

“I’ve been to the Marikana effect correct by my a massive number of journeys investigating the Bapo ba Mogale stolen monies and allegations of being short-changed on royalties by Lonmin and others. I wasn’t aware that the memorial lecture wasn’t a joint mission,” she mentioned.

Madonsela mentioned that, in most circumstances, these who criticised colonialism had “potentially the most colonised minds”.

Referring to Mathunjwa’s observation referring to the “master calling”, she mentioned: “Factual attributable to colonialists imposed themselves and called themselves our masters in the previous, we needn’t continue wearing the chain of on the subject of white of us as masters and shaded of us as servants.

“Must unruffled I be invited by Mathunjwa, I’d be jubilant to reach … He’s never achieved so [and] Sibanye-Stillwater are the single ones who have,” she mentioned.

“My hope is to help with remembering, therapeutic and renewal. To shut so, we desire all fingers on deck.”

Explaining why Sibanye-Stillwater had held a separate commemoration tournament, the firm’s chief govt officer, Neil Froneman, mentioned unions had been a part of the process till last weekend. He used to be no longer certain, he added, why they’d chosen no longer to defend part.

“We’ve tried our finest to solid our invitation accumulate as widely as that you just most most definitely can imagine,” he added.

WHAT WENT WRONG?

In her lecture, Madonsela mentioned these killed in Marikana did “no longer need to die, however they did” in a massacre that shook the sphere.

“It used to be 18 years into constitutional democracy; 18 years into enforcing a Constitution that commits us to therapeutic the divisions of the previous and constructing a society basically based on democratic values, social justice and human rights. What went corrupt?” she asked.

“Marikana came about attributable to we forgot to endure in mind. We forgot to endure in mind our gruesome, unjust previous and the legacy it left us … We forgot to heal and we energetic about renewal. A renewal without a foundation can’t work.”


Poloko Tau 

Journalist

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