Marikana follow up.

09 Oct

It has been quite a while that I haven’t blogged due to various reasons. I just haven’t been able to do so even though there were so many things happening here in South Africa and in the rest of the world that really needed to be blogged about. I have tried to read most of the blogs that I follow, and really apologize for not even saying that I have read them 😦

Last week I went camping with the family at a place called Buffelspoort. What is unique about this is that it is adjacent to a small town/siding called Marikana. This is very near the place where the massacre of the miners took place. And here we were going about our camping as if nothing of the magnitude that shook the rest of the world had happened! The local population were going about their business as if nothing had occurred. The same went for the holiday makers. How callous we all seem to have become.

I got to thinking about it and wondered if we had had become this way due to the deluge of bad news that bombards us each and every day. Is it just a defense mechanism that we humans have that makes us push the bad things so far back in our brains that we continue as if they had never happened?


I will hopefully post a photo or two that I took while there within the next week or so. All one sees is peaceful hills without a hint of what happened near there.


In light of the commission appointed by President Zuma (wonder if this might be his last chance to appoint a commission?) I will eagerly wait for the cover up to be made public as per the normal state of affairs before passing further comments as to the various claims that have been made that the police in actual fact had fired gas grenades (and shot some observers overlooking the miners) which actually caused them to run straight towards the waiting police. But let’s wait and see.


Posted by on 09/10/2012 in Photo, South Africa, World happenings


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12 responses to “Marikana follow up.

  1. Ruth2Day

    09/10/2012 at 20:07

    sadly that is how the world seems to be. If you use SKY news as an example, they only stick with a story until the next one comes along to replace it, and I think we do that to.
    nice to see you back by the way πŸ™‚

    • paul

      09/10/2012 at 20:12

      Thanks C, nice to be back!
      I fully agree with you about the news.Just think about my friend Julius, he keeps getting moved off the front page by worse things happening here in SA.

  2. 68ghia

    10/10/2012 at 06:07

    Good to see you Paul πŸ˜‰
    As for the comission and the inevitable cover up – I take everything from any government official these days with quite a few grains of salt. Rather bags…

    • paul

      11/10/2012 at 19:54

      Thanks for the welcome back πŸ™‚
      I have been following your blogging on my mobile in the last while, but it is so damn slow that when I try post a comment that it normally bombs out. Will be upgrading this weekend so hopefully it will go better.
      No amount of salt will help cover the bad taste of the decaying state of affairs in our government or councils. Even our institutions of higher learning have gone the same.

  3. Marco

    10/10/2012 at 06:47

    good to see here again, Paul – looking forward to those pics.

    • paul

      11/10/2012 at 19:44

      Thanks. Good be back.
      Will try upload some photos this weekend.
      Wanted to go take some photographs this afternoon of some local monuments as the clouds were looking dramatic. But by the time I got home it was pouring with rain and I ended up playing with my flash (which I rarely use)

      • Marco

        12/10/2012 at 04:17

        Sounds good – the pics I mean. The rain is good too πŸ™‚

  4. optie

    10/10/2012 at 07:51

    We don’t get the daily or weekend papers anymore because the news is just too depressing. The stories that make it to TV news or the internet are depressing enough. It’s not that I am burying my head in the sand but the never-ending accounts of violent crime, white collar crime, government corruption, strikes not to mention the space they give to that idiot Juliarse spoils my day if I should happen to read it.

    • paul

      11/10/2012 at 19:31

      No weekend papers for us either. I normally browse the news online when I get the chance. Actually read more overseas papers than local ones as they aren’t just doom and gloom and normally have some good articles. But I no longer watch the local news as often as I used to as I’m getting this feeling that just as in the previous governments time, we are only being given the news that the government wants us to hear.

  5. colonialist

    10/10/2012 at 13:30

    One thing that everyone in authority has become extremely good at is shoddy housework – sweeping things under carpets. No doubt that will happen again.

    • paul

      11/10/2012 at 19:22

      And the cover up has already begun. Now they are trying to blame outside elements for stirring up the crowds. Sweeping things under the carpet can only last until there is no more space under the carpet. Then everybody can see what you are trying to do. And listening to the blacks at work I think it is already happening that they can see the mess that the government is trying to hide.

      • colonialist

        11/10/2012 at 21:25

        Still, I’m sure SOMEONE has been stirring all these workers up. Surely they didn’t get these quite unreasonable aspirations all on their own?


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