On Thursday 5 October the Social Justice Coalition and Marikana residents marched from the Cape Town Civic Centre to the Western Cape SAPS Provincial Office to demand a swift intervention from authorities regarding the dire situation in Marikana, Philippi East.
A memorandum of demands from Marikana residents was received by a representative of the Executive Mayor, General Major-General Mpumelelo Manci, the Western Cape Department of Community Safety and the Police Ombudsman. No representative from the Independent Police Investigative Directorate was present to receive the memorandum.
It is unacceptable that authorities have only recognised Marikana residents’ concerns after an act of immense violence. This crisis is not new. Marikana residents have raised these concerns before and have been ignored. People are living in fear for their lives and some have been forced to leave their homes. Others have been killed in their homes.
It is unfortunate that IPID was not present to receive our demands. While we welcome the City, DoCS, the Ombudsman and SAPS’ recognition of our demands, we hope they will not go unheard. A multi-stakeholder approach is required to deal with the complex crisis in Marikana. We urge all parties to come to the table. The pleas of poor, black communities cannot go unheard when lives are being lost in such violent and alarming ways.
Axolile Notywala - 074 386 1584
Mandisa Dyantyi - 079 654 8466