“We were promised food and jobs. We are without our husbands, our children come back from school and there is no food. How must we feed them?” - Nonkululeko Nxandi, Marikana Massacre widow speaking after the Farlam Commission.
In the lead up to South Africa's first 'post-Apartheid' massacre, Lonmin refused, again and again, to meet with their miners to discuss a living wage. By working with police to break up the strike, Lonmin has blood on their hands.
As consumers, we have the power to put pressure on banks and companies like ABSA, Barclays, Old Mutual and Investec to take responsibility for the fact their profits have come at the expense of miners who were exploited, murdered and injured asking for a living wage. The very least these companies can do is use their influence Lonmin to demand reparations for the families of Marikana.
Dear Maria Ramos (ABSA CEO), Jes Staley (Barclays CEO), Dave Macready (Old Mutual CEO) and Stephen Koseff (Investec CEO),
We the undersigned call on you as shareholders and companies connected to Lonmin, to demand the company finally takes responsibility for their role in the Marikana massacre, as per the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, and properly compensate all families of miners who lost their lives, as well as injured miners. Compensation must also include the families of miners who were contractors. We see through Lonmin's smoke and mirrors. While they have paid for the education of some miners children, many families struggle to put food on the table. As shareholders and those connected to Lonmin profits, you are complicit in profiting from this injustice. You must act.