Rights Institute: 7 years later and still no justice for Marikana

Rights Institute: 7 years later and still no justice for Marikana

- A rights institute has said that those who lost their lives in Marikana have not received justice

- They say that only eight police officers have ben charged for crimes relating to the strike action

- However, none have been prosecuted for any of the deaths that occurred on the day of the massacre

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The Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI) says that justice has not been done for those who died in the Marikana massacre.

This follows the seventh anniversary of the incident this week.

The Institute says that only eight police officers have been charged for their role in the massacre.

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The massacre shocked the country when it took place in August 2012. Miners at a Lonmin platinum mine had demanded a wage increase of R12 000. When negotiations with management became deadlocked, the miners engaged in strike action. They clashed with police in and incident which left 34 miners dead, Briefly.co.za has gathered.

However, SERI says that the families of the slain miners have not received justice. The Institute says that the NPA has not prosecuted anyone for the deaths that occurred during the massacre. Some officers have been charged, but only relating to crimes in the lead-up to the massacre.

This was in connection to the deaths of three miners and two police officers in the days before the massacre, according to News24.

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Additionally, the questions about justice for Marikana victims have also been targeted toward Cyril Ramaphosa. Several commentators have raised the fact that Ramaphosa, a Lonmin shareholder when the massacre took place, was included in the email correspondence prior to the massacre in which calls were made for "concomitant action".

On Friday, the president took to Twitter where he posted, "The Marikana tragedy stands out as the darkest moment in the life of our young democracy. Never again can we allow such a tragedy to befall our nation."

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Source: Briefly News

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