It is with a certain amount of sadness that I have been reflecting on this dialogue. Except to commemorate Sharpeville or Soweto, I never imagined coordinating and hosting a dialogue on police shooting. Perhaps this was very naïve. The cynical part of me thinks it is surprising that not more events like last week have occurred. The failure of leadership on so many levels deeply saddened me. Today is a day to understand, acknowledge and look at ways to that we can take dialogue and protest positively forward. The legacy [of the Marikana shootings] will be with us for a long time, but the legacy for the families of miners, police and security will be even deeper. At heart of the problem is the failure on all parts of society to recognise the voices of the marginalized and bring that into the mainstream national discourse. We hope that this discussion will be useful and fruitful, a start - not an end point - of the conversation.
Dialogue by the Goedgedacht Forum