It has been reported that as more than 30 people died, and many more were injured, after police used lethal force against striking worker at Lonmin mine in Marikana.
R2K joins the public demands for an immediate and transparent investigation into the apparent extreme use of lethal force against striking miners in Marikana, Rustenburg. Since yesterday, police have failed to answer a number of burning questions about the tragedy, and reportedly forced journalists at the scene to delete photographs. SAPS must open itself to a public inquiry, with all facts laid bare for the public and for the families and friends of those who died.
South Africa must also demand answers of Lonmin Platinum Mine: as anger and outrage mounts, the role of mining executives in undermining fair labour processes and potentially exacerbating conflict must also be scrutinised.
As the right to know is fundamental to the right to organise, so the right to organise is fundamental to the right to know!