HDSA Commemorates Marikana
On this day, Habonim Dror Southern Africa joins the nation in commemorating Post Apartheid South Africa's biggest tragedy, the Marikana Massacre of 16 August 2012. Two years ago, 34 miners were shot dead by police, many of them at point blank range. Not since the Sharpeville Massacre of 1960 have this many protestors been killed in a violent confrontation with South African security forces.
We stand against the deeply-entrenched inequality of the mining labour regime. We support the rights of our nation's workers to decent wages and living conditions, and call on business and government to take steps towards that goal.
We stand against violence. We deplore the increasingly evident trend of police brutality in response to protests in South Africa. Nevertheless, we do not support violent or intimidatory tactics as a means of protest, and call for disputes to be resolved through peaceful negotiation wherever possible.
As of today, no one in the South African security forces has been charged in the wake of the Marikana Massacre. Two years is too long for the families of the deceased to wait for justice. We call for those responsible for this tragedy to feel the full force of the law.
We pray that our nation will never again be forced to endure a tragedy of this magnitude.