“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.
It has now been revealed in a report by AIDC that for years Lonmin has been moving millions out of South Africa through the use of amongst others tax havens, for example Bermuda . Lonmin could have easily have paid Rock Drillers the living wage of R12 500pm, built houses and honour their promises of compensation to the widows and family members of those shot and murdered in 2012.
Lonmin’s greed has been exposed, but they forget that it's our government that gives them their mining license. We the people can hold them to account and demand compensation for the horrors of Marikana. We can also stop companies like Lonmin pillaging our nation’s wealth and hiding money overseas to avoid paying their fair share in tax, giving workers a living wage and investing in communities as per our nations Mining Charter. Finance Minister Nene must implement AIDC’s submission to the Davis Tax Committee so we can fight tax dodging and illicit financial flows.