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Marikana widows deliver over 3000 signatures to e.tv and the SABC

Marikana widows deliver over 3000 signatures to e.tv and the SABC

It's been a horrific week at the Farlam commission for the families of those killed in the Marikana Massacre, but yesterday widows of those slain 2 years ago gathered at the offices SABC and etv. There they handed over the names of over 3000 people who joined our campaign.

With the medias cameras and microphones focused on spokespeople from both broadcasters, Mme Ntsenyeho handed over a thick stack of signatures. The pressure from our campaign is working, with both broadcasters committing to reconsider screening Miners Shot Down. But our fight is not yet over. Click here to add your voice.

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The etv’s spokesperson's response was that they had “thoroughly covered Marikana” [1]. But with 3000 signatures and 20 widows, it couldn't have been clearer that we disagree. etv has now committed to looking at Miners Shot Down again, and getting back to us within a month with an answer.

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SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago stated that they were not aware that any ‘formal documentation had been handed to the station to screen ‘Miners Shot Down’ [1]. This completely contradicts the response from the SABC two weeks ago when they stated “We’ve decided we like it and we’ve handed it over to SABC 2 and it’s their decision,” [2]

Together we’ve put serious pressure on etv and the SABC, with our campaign receiving serious media coverage including 702 and the Saturday Star. The broadcasters won’t be able to keep using their stall tactics and excuses. We will hold them to account for the commitments they have made, if you haven't already join the campaign here. But it's clear we need to keep building momentum, not only for Miners Shot Down to be screened, but to also demand justice for the widows and family members who continue to struggle after losing their loved ones in the Marikana Massacre.

Talking to the widows it's clear that they feel Lonmin is not taking responsibility, and have left a trail of broken promises. In the coming weeks we’ll be working with the widows and family members to launch campaigns to help ensure their voices are heard.

Together for justice.

Koketso and the campaigners at amandla.mobi

[1] Marikana widows hand petition to SABC, Neo Motloung for SABC news. http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/7205b680451cc7cba12fb1a5ad025b24/Marikana-widows-hand-petition-to-SABC--20140815

[2] ‘Miners Shot Down’: Still the film every South African should see, Greg Nicolson for the Daily Maverick http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2014-08-05-miners-shot-down-still-the-film-every-south-african-should-see/#.U-9LO0hay4U


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  • commented 2014-08-17 12:39:17 +0200
    we need acknowledgement and justice. Please open this conversation with those around you, share and demand justice.