Women in Marikana still fighting for justice, five years after the massacre

The fatal police shooting of 37 striking workers at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine in August 2012 was the worst recorded instance of police violence in post-apartheid South Africa. Five years on, there have been no prosecutions and no real improvements – no compensation for the families living in grief and dire poverty.

There has also been no apology, although staggeringly Lonmin has created a commercial out of the incident. But as always with the Marikana story, the most important characters were left out. … More Women in Marikana still fighting for justice, five years after the massacre

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Avaaz greenwashes Paris climate agreement

The Apartheid Analogy: Avaaz may take pride in its marches and petitions, but it hardly compares to the South African movement’s decades of mass-resistance in the face of brutal state repression. Thousands of black men and women were brutalised and killed in their struggle against racist oppression and segregation. And it is indigenous and black communities that the Paris Accord failed more than anyone. … More Avaaz greenwashes Paris climate agreement