- Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has offered to help the victims of the Marikana massacre
- She will use her position as Stellenbosch University’s Law Trust Chair in Social Justice to help the victims
- There is a great deal of anger and frustration that little progress has been made since August 16, 2012
Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has offered to help the victims of the Marikana massacre to get justice.
Madonsela will use her position as Stellenbosch University’s Law Trust Chair in Social Justice to help the victims.
The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of SA (Seri) expressed their dissatisfaction with the progress of securing justice for the families of the 34 victims of the Marikana massacre.
Since August 16, 2012, no police have been prosecuted for the Marikana massacre according to IOL.
Madonsela acknowledged that there is a lot of anger and frustration due to the lack of action.
”Regarding helping Bapo ba Mogale and the people of Marikana get justice both criminally and administratively we are happy at the social justice chair at Stellenbosch University to be part of this,” she promised.
She hoped that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) leader Joseph Mathunjwa would hear her lecture and would open up communications.
”We do need to conclude the justice process so that everyone can have closure. There can’t be justice without accountability and there can’t be justice without restitution,” she said.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that during the pandemic the government has been dragged from court to court for several of its lockdown regulations, including various cases for the contentious tobacco ban.
The government has emerged victorious in many of these cases.
Government may be winning court cases seeking to challenge their response to the Covid-19 pandemic but they are losing public buy-in.
In other news, many legal experts, political analysts, commentators and even ordinary South Africans have expressed their views on the De Beer and Others v Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs case that has taken the spotlight recently.
The ruling on Tuesday came after Liberty Fighters Network brought an urgent application to have the regulations promulgated in terms of the Disaster Management Act declared unlawful and invalid. Judge Norman Davis ruled in favour of LFN.
The government has been given 14 days to review, amend, and republish the lockdown regulations, taking into account the Bill of Rights and South Africans' constitutional rights.
Advocate and former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela wrote an open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa in which she reminded him that rules have to be reasonable and in the court of public opinion. She added that informal traders are affected the most and Ramaphosa needs to hear their cries.
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