Marikana massacre

Mountains and massacres

Striking workers on 'the mountain'

Many who gathered on the ‘koppie’ in Marikana in 2012 were from emaMpondweni with direct links to those who met on Ngquza Hill during the Mpondo revolt in 1960.

Uproar about legal costs for Marikana workers reflects a political retreat

A short article arguing that the debate around the state's refusal to carry the legal costs of Marikana mine workers reflects a retreat into the politics of reconciliation.

Marikana one year later

Niren Tolsi is, along with Kwanele Sosibo, widely considered to be South African's leading journalist. He has followed many stories of popular resistance, and state repression over the years.

On 16 August 2013, the one year anniversary of the Marikana Massacre, he published a supplement in the local version of the Guardian on the aftermath of the massacre. It is online at:

Workers' violence doesn't always mean workers' autonomy - Mouvement Communiste and Kolektivně proti Kapitălu

SA miners with machetes

A text about the question of violence in the course of workers' struggles, with concrete examples taken from recent events in South Africa, India and China.

South Africa: the partial reemergence of workers autonomy - Mouvement Communiste and Kolektivně proti Kapitălu

Marikana miners on a hill

A text about the wave of strikes which swept South Africa starting in late 2012, focusing on the role of the miners. Also published as PDF, MOBI and EPUB files.

UK news airs footage refuting police claims about murdered Marikana miners

Ben Fogel writes on the new footage of the Marikana Massacre screened on Channel Four in the UK and asks where was the South African media?

Marikana: A Point of Rupture?

Ben Fogel on South Africa after the Marikana Massacre. The article also provides a critique of left strategy that orientates towards COSATU, the SACP and the state rathering than popular struggles.

Marikana prequel: NUM and the murders that started it all

The coverage of the Marikana massacre seems to start with the mass killings of 16 August. But that’s not where, or how the violence started, and it wasn’t rivalry between unions, either. Rewind a few days and prepare for goosebumps: you’ll find a web of conspiracy around two murders which not reported in the media and ended in no arrests, but scared the living daylights out of the workers before the weeks of horror started.

Massacre at Marikana: the fight continues in South Africa

Mineworkers of the Marikana diamond mine in South Africa are continuing their strike. Their perseverence comes after violent police efforts to suppress the strike, efforts culminating in a horrendous bloodbath on 16 August, when police machinegunned protesting miners, killing 34 and arresting at least 250 of them.

Lindela 'Mashumi' Figlan

A biography of Abahlali baseMjondolo militant, Lindela Figlan, from late September 2012.