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Marikana Unresolved

The Massacre, Culpability and Consequences

Mia Swart (editor) Ylva Rodny-Gumede (editor)

ISBN: 9781775822783

Publication Date: Jun 2020

Format: Paperback

The Marikana Massacre remains a scar in the tissue of post-democratic South Africa. This book is a collection of chapters which give an authoritative and cross-disciplinary account of the massacre, up-to-date details of what really happened, and what it has meant for the current South African socio-political landscape.
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Between 11 and 16 August 2012, the Lonmin platinum mine at Marikana witnessed a tragedy in which 34 miners were killed, more than 70 injured and approximately 250 people arrested. The Marikana Massacre remains a scar in the tissue of post-democratic South Africa. Described as the worst act of violence since the Sharpeville Massacre of 21 March 1960, it was indicative of underlying crises in government and the fabric of society. The brutality of the shootings was indeed no different from state-sponsored violence in the apartheid era. The event was also a turning point in South African history. The fact that the police appointed by the liberation party were opening fire on the people they had vowed to protect sent shock waves throughout the world.

Years into the aftermath, what has this event come to mean? This book is a collection of chapters which give an authoritative and cross-disciplinary account of the massacre, up-to-date details of what really happened, what it has meant for the current South African socio-political landscape and how it has changed public discourse and awareness of the mining industry, the broader labour market. The book further considers the lack of accountability for the crimes committed at Marikana. The chapters, written by a wide range of highly regarded scholars and practitioners, address the legacies of Marikana from a broad array of disciplines including law, legal philosophy, media studies, journalism and communication studies, philosophy, political science, economics and public governance.
Pages 270
Date Published 30 Jun 2020
Publisher UCT Press
Subject/s Violence in society   African history   Terrorism, armed struggle   Armed conflict  
  • Introduction (Mi Swart)
  • Chapter 1: Marikana commission of inquiry: from narratives towards history - Peter Alexander
  • Chapter 2: Money and mining in Marikana: microfinance, development finance and corporate finance under conditions of super-exploitation and social resistance - Patrick Bond
  • Chapter 3: Domination without dominance: Marikana and post apartheid trade unionism - Crispen Chinguno
  • Chapter 4: The failure of the apartheid corporate model - William Gumede
  • Chapter 5: The killing fields: Marikana and the justice deficit - Mia Swart
  • Chapter 6: An ubuntu-based evaluation of the South African state's responses to Marikana: where's the reconciliation? - Thaddeus Metz
  • Chapter 7: Ubuntu and reported moral values after the Marikana massacre - Colin Chasi
  • Chapter 8: Coverage of Marikana: what went wrong and has it changed South African journalism? - Ylva Rodny-Gumed
  • Chapter 9: "To mourn together as a nation": representation and erasure in post-Marikana political discourse - Meghan Tinsley
  • Chapter 10: The making and political life of miners shot down: an interview with Rehad desai and anita khanna - Pierpaolo Frasinelli
  • Chapter 11: Marikana reloaded: lessons unlearned, as Lonmin expires and Sibanye rises amidst ongoing labour-community-feminist revolts - Patrick Bond
Mia Swart was Professor of International Law at the University of Johannesburg and is now attached to the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) as well as to Wits University. She has written many journal articles and contributed to several books, including The Limits of Transition: The South African TRC Twenty Years After (Brill:2017), co-edited with Karin van Marle.

Ylva Rodny-Gumede is Professor in the Department of Journalism, Film and Television at the University of Johannesburg and a Senior Associate Researcher with the Stanhope Centre for International Communications Policy Research at the London School of Economics. She has also consulted for several governmental, private, and academic institutions in Europe and Southern Africa on issues concerning media and democracy.

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