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High court orders Legal Aid to fund Marikana mineworkers

High court orders Legal Aid to fund Marikana mineworkers | Lawfare: Marikana | Scoop.it
Workers and their legal representatives to return to Marikana commission after North Gauteng High Court sets aside Legal Aid SA’s decision
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Police Allegedly Misled Marikana Commission

Police Allegedly Misled Marikana Commission | Lawfare: Marikana | Scoop.it
  The South African police have apparently been doctoring information that it has presented to the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the deaths of 44 people – including 34 miners killed by pol...
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Commission: Police lied about Marikana - City Press

Commission: Police lied about Marikana - City Press | Lawfare: Marikana | Scoop.it
The Marikana Commission of Inquiry’s evidence leaders have accused the police of lying to the commission about the events of August 16 when 34 miners were shot dead by police.
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Constitutional Court dismisses Marikana miners’ funding appeal

Constitutional Court dismisses Marikana miners’ funding appeal | Lawfare: Marikana | Scoop.it
Mineworkers’ bid to secure legal aid funding from the state for their legal representation at the Marikana inquiry fails again
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"THE Constitutional Court on Monday dismissed a request for leave to appeal by arrested and injured Marikana mineworkers who wanted to get funding from the state for their legal representation at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry."

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Events by Marikana Solidarity Campaign

Events by Marikana Solidarity Campaign | Lawfare: Marikana | Scoop.it
An invite to the public to attend Solidarity Events in support of getting justice for the Marikana miners who were shot in the Marikana massacre of 2012.
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Families ask why no top cop oversaw Marikana plan - Times LIVE

Families ask why no top cop oversaw Marikana plan - Times LIVE | Lawfare: Marikana | Scoop.it
Latest news from South Africa, World, Politics, Entertainment and Lifestyle. The home of The Times and Sunday Times newspaper.
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QUESTIONS FAMILY MEMBERS OF MINERS: DAY 95: 20 MAY 2013

 

Adv Ntsebeza, for the families of the deceased Lonmin miners, said Maj-Gen Annandale failed to summon anyone who headed the public order police unit to oversee the plan to disperse striking Lonmin miners.

 

The commission, chaired by retired judge Ian Farlam, is investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of 44 people during wage-related unrest in Marikana last year.

 

Police shot dead 34 striking mineworkers in Marikana on August 16. Ten people, including two police officers, were killed in the preceding week.

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The Marikana Files | Thought Leader

The Marikana Files | Thought Leader | Lawfare: Marikana | Scoop.it
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THE MARIKANA FILES

 

Social Justice Journalist and Filmmaker, Sipho Singiswa, takes us inside Marikana to meet the miners and community members who live in the impoverished settlements around the Lonmin Mining operation. He also interviews Head Researcher of the Bench Marks Foundation David Van Wyk on the issue of socioeconomic transgressions that this community is forced to deal with on a daily basis. This is Episode One of a four part series.

 

Presented by Sipho Singiswa
Produced by Gillian Schutte

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South African left: Attempt to go round already existing mass organisations

South African left: Attempt to go round already existing mass organisations | Lawfare: Marikana | Scoop.it
Wasp might be able to sting the SACP/Cosatu bureaucracy. But, asks Peter Manson, can it become a mass party capable of leading a socialist revolution?
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Wasp might be able to sting the SACP/Cosatu bureaucracy. But, asks Peter Manson, can it become a mass party capable of leading a socialist revolution?


The fight for a genuine party of the class must be fought in parallel with the fight to win back the unions and wrest the SACP from the control of the popular-front bureaucrats. Don’t turn your backs on Cosatu and the SACP. Demand that they break with the capitalist ANC and uphold the independent interests of the working class.

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Mining strike, DSM and WASP activist Liv Shange faces deportation

Mining strike, DSM and WASP activist Liv Shange faces deportation | Lawfare: Marikana | Scoop.it
Democratic Socialist Movement
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Mantashe’s statement is reckless, irresponsible, and should be withdrawn. It is a disgrace that a senior leader of the ANC, a movement whose struggle against apartheid was supported by “foreigners” worldwide, especially from Sweden, in the spirit of international solidarity should invoke xenophobia as part of a political attack. It is insulting not only to comrade Liv but also the mineworkers  to describe as “anarchy”   their battle for higher wages, decent living conditions, against retrenchments and the  rebellion against the treachery of the National Union of Mineworkers.. Mantashe apparently believes that the mineworkers are incapable of apprehending their own conditions and acting to free themselves from slavery. They need to be instigated. This is what the apartheid regime used to say about the black oppressed and activists like Mantashe himself.

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Selim Gool's comment, June 25, 2013 3:43 AM
I fully endorse the sentiments above! I am a "naturalised" Swedish citizen, from Cape Town now living in Norway as a pensioner and lived in South Africa from 1994 to 2006 and saw the growth of this monstrous "Stalino/Nationalism in One Country" of the Tripartite Alliance and its affiliated organisations in the NGOs, the Woman s and Youth Leagues and in the insitutions of the State bureaucracy! Mantashe s outburst and diatribe is similar to that of Stalin s Chief Executioner Vyshinsky during the Moscow Trials of 1936-38. Here is the ex/mineworker and ex/NUM executive member, township thug General secretary of the ANC, on the NEC of the SACP in focus @http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/80e366804ff67d1da4e8e60b5d39e4bb/Mantashe-slams-foreigners-for-anarchy-in-mines-20131206, "Mantashe slams foreigners for anarchy in mines", Cape Times, Wednesday 12 June 2013
Selim Gool's comment, June 25, 2013 6:58 AM
DEFEND LIV SHANGE! MANTASHE MUST APPOLOGISE FOR HIS RACIST AND XENOPHOBIC OUTBURST!
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Anger mounts against Bafokeng king

Anger mounts against Bafokeng king | Lawfare: Marikana | Scoop.it
A protracted land claims dispute has divided the platinum-rich nation, writes Lucky Biyase
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THE Bafokeng community in villages around Rustenburg in North West are up in arms over what they call the tribe’s wealthy royal family’s arrogance in addressing their plight.


The king had, in 2008, gone behind the communities’ back and applied in the Mafikeng High Court to have the land transferred and registered in RBN’s title.

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IOL Mobile :: News :: Gwede’s Swedish diplomatic row

IOL Mobile :: News :: Gwede’s Swedish diplomatic row | Lawfare: Marikana | Scoop.it
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"Mantashe blamed the anarchy in the platinum mines on foreign nationals – and particularly singled out the Swedes and the Irish.

“What is happening in Marikana... I can give you what comes out of that information. Anarchy, anarchy, anarchy driven by people who are from far away… Sweden, Irish. They are a force behind the anarchy that is happening in the platinum industry,” he said in Sandton a fortnight ago.

The unrepentant Mantashe said on Saturday he was not aware of any diplomatic protest.

“I am not in (the Department of International Relations and Co-operation). I am in the ANC. If the Social Democratic (Movement) has an issue, it will write to the ANC. But the reality is that it is a Swedish citizen who is at the centre of anarchy in the platinum belt. I did not suck it out of my thumb.”

Swedish embassy spokesman Andre Mkandawire denied that his country had complained about Mantashe’s comments. “It’s not our issue to comment on. We find nothing wrong with his (Mantashe’s) comments,” Mkandawire said.

But a Luthuli House official indirectly confirmed “the diplomatic incident”.

International Relations spokesman Clayson Monyela declined to comment.

President Jacob Zuma recently blamed “shadowy international elements and movements” for the unrest in platinum mines and working to stoke opposition to Cosatu and its affiliate, the National Union of Mineworkers.

Wasp founder and DSM general secretary Weizmann Hamilton on Saturday accused Mantashe of fomenting xenophobia by blaming the unrest in the platinum mines on the Swedes and Irish.

“We’re going to call on Gwede to withdraw that statement,” he said.

He said unionists such as Industrial and Commercial Union founder Clement Kadalie and former NUM president James Motlatsi were not South African.

Kadalie was Malawian while Motlatsi was born in Lesotho."

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Selim Gool's comment, June 25, 2013 2:46 AM
Well HERE it is folks, JUDGE for yourselves - Gwede Mantashe s tirade against "foreigners", "anarchists", Swedes and Irish *presumptive terrorists"? etc: "http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/Mantashe slams foreigners for anarchy in mines",



Wednesday 12 June 2013
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Marikana death toll rises to 46 - City Press

Marikana death toll rises to 46 - City Press | Lawfare: Marikana | Scoop.it
An ANC ward councillor has confirmed the death of a woman allegedly hit by a police rubber bullet on Saturday while buying food from a spaza shop in Marika
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2, Paulina Masuhlo

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Cops had mortuary vans on standby, inquiry hears

Cops had mortuary vans on standby, inquiry hears | Lawfare: Marikana | Scoop.it
Senior police officers wanted four mortuary vehicles to be at the hill at Marikana hours before the shootings on 16 August last year, the Farlam Commission of Inquiry has heard.
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Marikana Commission: Lies, videotapes and the police's crumbling wall of deceit

Marikana Commission: Lies, videotapes and the police's crumbling wall of deceit | Lawfare: Marikana | Scoop.it
The breakthrough at the Marikana Commission was always going to happen when a police officer decided he was not willing to carry the can for his superiors.
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What else are they hiding?

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ConCourt dismisses Marikana legal funding case - Times LIVE

ConCourt dismisses Marikana legal funding case - Times LIVE | Lawfare: Marikana | Scoop.it
Latest news from South Africa, World, Politics, Entertainment and Lifestyle. The home of The Times and Sunday Times newspaper.
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If the concourt cannot address urgent matters who can? 

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South Africa: The Marikana Massacre and the New Wave of Workers’ Struggle | New Politics

Jack Gerson - I’m here with Mazibuko Jara. Mazibuko is from the Democratic Left Front of South Africa. He was spokesperson for the South African Communist Party and the deputy secretary
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South Africa: The Marikana Massacre and the New Wave of Workers’ Struggle
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The Marikana Files | Thought Leader

The Marikana Files | Thought Leader | Lawfare: Marikana | Scoop.it
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Valuable comments by David van Wyk! Good work Gillian and Sipho.

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Khulumani Works on a Contribution to Debates on Transforming the Mining Industry in South Africa

Khulumani Works on a Contribution to Debates on Transforming the Mining Industry in South Africa | Lawfare: Marikana | Scoop.it
Khulumani's engagement with the families of mine-workers who lost their lives at Marikana has included deep facilitated discussions with the affe...
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Family members have asked many questions -


What is wrong with a society that kills its workers? What caused this problem? What can we do about it? How do we talk about this to other people? How do we deal with the pain that this has caused us? How can our understandings as affected families help to change society? How can we ensure that the solutions that we bring to the table will be listened to? Why are we treated like children when we know how to fix our society?

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SABC News.com - Mantashe slams foreigners for anarchy in mines:Wednesday 12 June 2013

SABC News.com - Mantashe slams foreigners for anarchy in mines:Wednesday 12 June 2013 | Lawfare: Marikana | Scoop.it
ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe has accused foreigners of encouraging anarchy in the platinum mining industry.
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The ANC and Xenophopia -> 

"ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe has accused foreigners of encouraging anarchy in the platinum mining industry.
He was addressing a gathering of financial sector professionals in Sandton on Tuesday night. This comes as local mining companies are trying to recover lost output after production was affected by the recent labour unrest."

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Second-best is still good for Kirsh

Second-best is still good for Kirsh | Lawfare: Marikana | Scoop.it
The Kirsh Trust, which went off with a profit of almost R50m, earned after just 11 months, has left a nasty taste, bad memories and a bulging wallet, writes David Gleason
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Second-best is still good for KirshBY DAVID GLEASON, 05 JUNE 2013, 05:31



OCHLOCRACY, or mob rule, is the rule of the people (democracy) spoiled by demagoguery (tyranny of the majority). Its exact opposite is oligarchy, the rule of a few (aristocracy or rule of the best) spoiled by corruption. Tyranny is the rule of a monarchy spoiled by a lack of virtue.

 

The #Marikana disaster took place in August last year. Nine months have passed. Proposed amendments to labour laws that would permit unions to be deemed sufficiently representative even if they have less than 50% of the labour force as members remain stuck in No Man’s Land. Why is that? What is holding back Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant? Is it the waning power of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)? If it is, she should cater for the needs of the whole community, not a selfish sliver.

A needless tragedy should have sent dire warnings to the ruling party. Instead it is pirouetting on Cosatu’s shrinking pinhead. Majoritarianism or mob rule has no place in a modern democracy.

 

A scary development that has avoided media attention has been the emergence of a Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) whose spokeswoman, Liv Shange, a Swede, told mine workers last year not to bother any longer with Cosatu. In an article in the UK New Statesman (November 2012), Martin Plaut argues that the DSM is the South African version of a reinvention of the Militant Tendency, whose latest incarnation is the Committee for a Workers’ International. Its general secretary was kicked out of the UK Labour Party by then-leader Neil Kinnock in 1983.

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Militant Tendency sends shivers through South Africa

Militant Tendency sends shivers through South Africa | Lawfare: Marikana | Scoop.it
The group expelled from the UK Labour Party by Neil Kinnock in 1983 has surprising echoes in a row erupting in South Africa's ANC.
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"Miners in the platinum-rich Rustenberg area live in the most squalid of conditions. They are far removed from the leadership of the ANC, whose homes are to be found in Johannesburg’s most leafy suburbs."

“This woman” is the DSM spokeswoman, Liv Shange. A Swede, who arrived in South Africa nine years ago, she is pictured addressing thousands of miners through a loudhailer, her blond hair shining in the sun.

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Rustenburg defies minefield in its backyard

Rustenburg defies minefield in its backyard | Lawfare: Marikana | Scoop.it
The property market in the platinum town of Rustenburg is a gauge of the volatile area's social tensions. Kwanele Sosibo reports.
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Rustenburg: A tale of two cities

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Behind the Commission at Marikana

Behind the Commission at Marikana | Lawfare: Marikana | Scoop.it
    Mzoxolo Magidiwana, on crutches, says police went around finishing off wounded miners.   The Marikana Commission has finally begun to hear from the miners who were at the heart o...
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