It has been five years since the Marikana Massacre which saw 34 miners dying at the hands of the South African Police Services after they went on a strike calling for a wage demand of R12,500 amongst other things. At the time of massacre Workers’ World Media Productions Director, Martin Jansen penned this piece and we thought we should re-publish it here since justice is still begging.
The recent High Court judgement certifying mineworkers suffering from silicosis and TB as a class has been welcomed by mining unions, jurists and mine workers.
The South Gauteng High Court ruled against 29 respondent gold mining companies allowing a class action suit by thousands of workers suffering from the fatal lung disease, silicosis and co-related tuberculosis.
The recent announcement by the mining industry that it would be axing thousands of jobs sent shudders of dread across the country.
The 10 joint interventions by the stakeholders are meant to promote South African minerals, enhance productivity and an agreement that when mines were intended to be mothballed or sold, saving jobs would be prioritized.