Tag Archives: platinum belt

EFF Mining North West Votes

  One week before Julius Malema launched the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Marikana in October 2013, red berets were prominent on the streets of the small town. In the surrounding villages the atmosphere was electric, filled with excitement, expectation, impatience. It had been almost 14 months since 34 miners were killed and 78 injured […]

Will The Centre Hold: Julius Malema and the EFF Take A Sho’t Left

In South Africa’s platinum belt, life and politics are as hard as the earth on which they are contested: natural resources and poverty are plentiful, and support for the ruling ANC is in short supply following the brutal events at Marikana. In this article, first published in the current issue of the Chimurenga Chronic, Kwanele […]

New Marikana Footage: Did the Police Plan to Kill 34 Miners? You Decide

  On October 21, filmmaker activist Rehad Desai released previously unseen footage that appears to further implicate the police in the massacre of 34 miners at Lonmin’s Marikana mine on August 16 2012. The footage, from Video Two, shows miners peacefully leaving the “big koppie” where they had been congregating everyday during the strike for […]