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Jay Naidoo: Marikana is a Festering Sore on the Body Politic of Our Country

Fighting for JusticeJay Naidoo has written an article for The Times looking back on 1987, “the year of worker discontent”, in light of the one year anniversary of the shooting of 34 mineworkers at the hands of the police at Lonmin’s Markinana mine.

“Marikana is a festering sore on the body politic of our country. These are not issues a judicial commission will resolve. It requires political action from our political and union leaders”, Naidoo writes.

One year ago I wrote: “The headlines scream ‘Marikana Massacre’, ‘Killing Fields of Rustenburg’.

Radio and TV talk shows and social media all display the anger and expose the psyche of a nation badly wounded. The bloodiest security operation since the end of apartheid has left us shocked and asking what went wrong. The reality is, many things went wrong. Way too many things went wrong, for way too long now.”

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