Families of massacred workers protest Lonmin’s final AGM tomorrow

13 March 2018 - 12:45pm
Press release

Families of massacred workers protest Lonmin’s final AGM tomorrow, saying corporate takeover doesn’t dissolve responsibility of mining company linked to South African president. 

Civil rights activist, bishop and lawyer representing workers at Marikana, South Africa, are in London this week to hold platinum mining company Lonmin to account over 2012 Massacre.

With time running out to hold Lonmin accountable for the massacre, 13,000 jobs are also under threat from its impending takeover by South African mining corporation Sibanye-Stillwater. The takeover also threatens to bury links between Lonmin and President Ramaphosa, a former non-executive director of Lonmin.

Lonmin is a British-South African mining company; it is the world’s third largest platinum producer and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. The Marikana Massacre was the worst recorded incident of police violence in South Africa since apartheid. Lonmin has still not fulfilled its legal obligations to the community after 34 striking mine workers and one Marikana woman were killed by police in 2012.

Event details: Lonmin AGM Solidarity Demonstration, 9.30-11am on Thursday 15 March at Lincoln Centre, 18 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3ED

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Thumeka Magwangqana is a civil rights activist and head of the women’s organisation Sikhale Sonke said: ‘More than five years after the massacre, there is no one held accountable. The people of Marikana are living in shacks that are leaking, there is no sanitation, no running water, no electricity. And there are no roads. Where is the better life for all?’

Andries Nkome, lawyer who represented 279 injured and arrested Marikana mineworkers, said: ‘None of the mineworkers has been formally approached by the government with a compensation offer despite the state saying in March 2017 that it had set more than one billion Rand aside’.

Right Reverend Johannes Seoka, former Anglican Bishop of Pretoria, South Africa, said: ‘What will be the future of the 13,000 miners who will lose their jobs after the takeover by Sibanye-Stillwater?’

Organised by Marikana Solidarity Campaign and Decolonialising Environmentalism. Supported by South-African/European Campaign Network Plough Back the Fruits, Association of Ethical Shareholders Germany, London Mining Network and War on Want.

Association of Ethical Shareholders Germany: Markus Dufner
dachverband@kritischeaktionaere.de 0049-(0)173 713 52 37

London Mining Network: Lydia James

lydia@londonminingnetwork.org

War on Want: Marienna Pope-Weidemann

mweidemann@waronwant.org 020 7324 5060

 

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