Massacre in Marikana (EXPLICIT PICTURES)

17 Aug

Thursday 16th August 2012 will go down in the history books as the day the South African Police fired on strikers in a small town called Marikana. The newspapers have in their normal sensation seeking style have put up big black placards stating “Marikana Massacre” . I suppose this description will become the naming convention of what occurred out there in the dusty streets of Marikana.

Following the various news reports it is alleged  that in three minutes more than 30 strikers were killed and 100’s wounded . The newspapers wrote that a shoot-out between police and strikers occurred. Yet in the various photographs and videos that were taken I seem to miss seeing any firearms being brandished by the strikers. So my definition of a shoot-out is when two parties shoot at each other and this does not seem to have occurred.

Many years ago we were trained in crowd control, and nothing in your training can ever prepare you for the time when an angry crowd is storming down on you brandishing spears, machetes and other instruments that could do you serious bodily harm. Then if there is any lack of training it is a case of self-preservation that takes over. Once the first shot is fired the rest becomes history.

All the various political parties have come out with the normal noises deploring what has happened and the need for an investigation as to why this massacre happened.

The police have had their normal news conferences saying that a full investigation will done on what really happened, so that those responsible could be brought to task. Knowing how the police cover their mishaps by losing documents and witnesses going missing, I strongly doubt that there will be any finding other than they were protecting themselves and that the strikers were to blame for everything that happened. Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa‘s office said in a statement on Thursday that the police were faced by armed and hardcore criminals who murder police”. This type of statement being made before any enquiry has even started is totally inappropriate as it immediately sets the tone of what route the enquiry will take. And the hell does she know they were hardcore criminals? Maybe she owes the families of those killed an apology..

The following extract is from News24 and actually drives straight at the heart of what is happening throughout South Africa currently. (The rainbow nation no longer exists and has faded away in total.)
Brewing tensions

The Inkatha Freedom Party on Thursday said the massacre at the mine highlighted the brewing tensions within South African society and should not be underestimated.

“It’s horror should not only shock u,s but bring to the fore how too often conflicts in this country are dealt with through violence,” IFP MP Mario Oriani-Ambrosini said.

“Unless there is a fundamental change of culture at the highest level of government things will worsen.”

The Azanian People’s Organisation compared the violence in Marikana to the Sharpeville Sharpeville  and Soweto shootings Soweto uprising .

“As Azapo we can only describe the situation as a massacre not different from March 21, 1960 in Sharpeville; June 16, 1976 in Soweto and June 17, 1992 in Boipatong,” the party said.

The spokesperson forgot to mention that here in South Africa we seem to have quite a lot of massacres in our short history. He forgot to mention the Shell House massacre , St James Church massacre , Cato Manor , and a couple more that happened in in the Transkei as well.  (check out Banshee Bridge massacre as well..)
What a country we live in!

Pictures by : Taurai Maduna (EWN) Felix Dlangamandla (Beeld) and Associated Press


Posted by on 17/08/2012 in Photo, South Africa, World happenings


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25 responses to “Massacre in Marikana (EXPLICIT PICTURES)

  1. flimflamflik

    17/08/2012 at 14:18

    It made International news. Killing seems to be a sport in every government around the world lately… all the protests going on. Think the governments want to send a message of totalitarian control? I do… Strange because the very people who get murdered are those that voted them into power, not just South Africa but everywhere where there is a so-called democratic election every now and then…

    • paul

      17/08/2012 at 18:45

      Africa actually has a worse record than the rest of the world when it comes to killing anybody who doesnt quite toe the line.
      But when you get into a debate with those who voted the current government in, and they tell you how upset they are with government, but in the same breath say that they will still vote for the ANC in the next election. How can we expect change when this is the mind set

    • Boris

      15/10/2012 at 17:35

      I strongly agree with u Flimflamflik.dats why i dnt even believe in the so-called democracy coz it only exploits the voters (general citizens). the govwernment uses our power to promote their seelf interests..I would consider democrscy a “Ruthless, unnecessary& necessary evil”

      • paul

        26/10/2012 at 18:45

        But as long as those that are being exploited carry on voting for the current government, they will never be better off.
        It wont be long and we will have the same set up as in Zimbabwe – voters will be tortured and killed to ensure that the “democratic” government stays in power.

  2. Pussycat44

    17/08/2012 at 14:44

    I was shocked to hear what had happened. I guess we’ll never know the real truth, either.
    Many families without a father, brother or son again.

    • paul

      17/08/2012 at 18:37

      The loss of one bread winner has a negative effect on at least five other people who depended on the income to support them.
      This means that using the minimum number killed during the violence there are now at least 200 people that may become destitute.

  3. Ruth2Day

    18/08/2012 at 09:57

    extremely distrubing photos and horrendous situation.

  4. Pussycat44

    18/08/2012 at 15:31

    Ir made the news on my Dutch news website, together with videos. The video show was done by Al Jazeera. My flippin’ ex-countrymen, who have never set a foor in SA, had much to say, but these comments were properly countered by Dutch-South Africans and Dutch people who have been here for long stays and who are familiar with the situation in SA.

  5. Lisaman

    19/08/2012 at 09:36

    Made news headlines around here as well…People are shocked and starting to see the New South Africa in a different light!!

  6. 68ghia

    19/08/2012 at 17:49

    It’s a scary thing, when the police turns into criminals…

    • paul

      21/08/2012 at 07:24

      Did you see the police brutality shown on E(tv) with them doing just whatever they want to do?
      In my youth we respected the police – now we just fear them!

  7. colonialist

    19/08/2012 at 21:28

    When it comes to demonstrations, I have long feared that the tendency towards more and more violence in the manner in which the protests are carried out was a route to tragedy. It seems that it has become regarded as acceptable for mobs to indulge in burning, looting and intimidation. This lack of discipline was bound to create a violent reaction at some time. Whether this was the most appropriate time, though, is questionable. Will it, I wonder, send any sort of message that law and order IS going to be upheld come what may? Perhaps not. It may simply invite further violence.

    • paul

      21/08/2012 at 07:22

      You are correct in saying that demonstrations have become more and more violent with loss burning, looting and intimidation being the flavour of the day. I don’t think the police can really contain the violence if it should escalate, and Lord help us if they decide to send the defense force in.

      I watched the videos a couple of times and the one thing I did notice is that the police have no idea of how to use their firearms. Shots were being fired into the ground a few meters in front of the police line and as they continued firing the firearm then ended up climbing up and shooting at the sky.


    20/08/2012 at 14:39


    • paul

      21/08/2012 at 06:25

      I agree that they could have prevented the massacre. All the signs were there that something was brewing, and that is why there were so many police there. But it happened and now the government will try every excuse under the sun to shift the blame. Nothing new.

  9. Anthony

    20/08/2012 at 20:45

    Yes, and now the whole week will be a week in morning for the ones that where killed. This will most likely become a public holiday?

    • paul

      21/08/2012 at 06:23

      Hopefully it wont be a holiday – we have far too many currently.

      • Anthony

        21/08/2012 at 16:48

        Can do with one in August.

      • paul

        23/08/2012 at 13:11

        will try arrange a holiday in August, but not sure if it will work. They already think we have too many holidays

      • Anthony

        23/08/2012 at 17:37

        Haha….yes, not sure it will happen any day soon.

  10. Harmony

    27/08/2012 at 11:51

    Another tragic day for our history books 😦

  11. Zeppie

    29/08/2012 at 08:53

    Hi Paul

    Ja ‘n hartseer dag in SA se geskiedenis. Laat ons hoop dit is net die een dag en dat daar nie nog ander oppad is nie.

  12. Desire

    05/09/2012 at 07:26

    An absolute disgrace. The currency reacts, investment makes a quick exit………

  13. J

    26/10/2012 at 08:32

    Is daar geen fotos beskikbaar van die polisilede se opgekapte liggame en die verkoolde lyke van die sekuriteuts wagte wat in hulle motor dood gebrand is deur die arme stakende massa nie?

    • paul

      26/10/2012 at 18:31

      I havent been able to get any photographs of the police that were hacked to pieces or of the security guards that were burnt. There are two possibilities 1) there were no photographers present 2) if there were there memory cards were confiscated so there is no history.
      I know the police would have had their people there investigating the crime scenes but nothing has been leaked as yet.

      It is interesting to note that the commission of enquiry has now mentioned our friend Cyril as being involved. And he is involving the ANC and even went so far as to threaten one with dire consequenses if she didnt sort out the miners!


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