We were privileged to have the opportunity to attend a screening of the award-winning Miners Shot Down Marikana massacre documentary last night – this was a privilege not only because the documentary was superbly made, but also because many South Africans will not have the opportunity to watch this hugely important documentary (given that local broadcasters SABC and ETV have declined to screen it due to its politically-charged content).
The importance of the documentary cannot be overstated – the report from the Farlam Commission of Enquiry is due for release in the coming weeks, and there has been a great deal of misinformation in the media regarding what actually took place on the fateful day of the massacre.
The documentary is presented from the perspective of the mineworkers – a perspective which has not been given its fair share of attention in terms of the media coverage of the tragedy.
The narrative traces the events in the days leading to the tragic events of 16 August 2012, when 34 miners were killed by members of the South African Police Service – apparently as a result of collusion between mining company Lonmin and influential political figures to ‘end’ a stand-off between the mineworkers and Lonmin in a wage dispute.
The documentary leaves one feeling disillusioned with the current political leadership, with a sense that there has been a huge travesty of justice, and with an acute feeling that something has to be done to right the wrongs.
The director of Miners Shot Down, Rehad Desai, was at the screening. He presented his perspective of the events at Marikana (and the current state of South Africa) after the screening.
The DVD of Miners Shot Down can also be purchased online – CLICK HERE TO ORDER THE DVD.