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Marikana follow up.


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?

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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.

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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.

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

 

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Massacre in Marikana (EXPLICIT PICTURES)


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

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

 

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