The Lonmin Marikana Mine Massacre: A Bibliography (South Africa)

Followers of the Coal Mountain blog know too well that miners are killed almost every single day somewhere in this world. For the past several years (since the publication of Coal Mountain Elementary in 2009), this site has served as an aggregator for stories of deaths in the global mining industry. To date, I’ve unfortunately had to post almost 700 stories.

But in South Africa yesterday, to cite the trenchant comment of David Ngolisi, 37, a rock drill operator at the Lonmin Marikana platinum mine where the murders occurred, “We were killed for asking our employer to pay us a decent salary for hard work deep underground.”

Not a flood, not a rock fall, not a methane gas explosion, not an overturned mining vehicle… this time, it was water cannons, tear gas, stun grenades, pistols and automatic rifles.

This is the new Sharpeville. This is the new Tiananmen Square.

In the coming days, I’ll use the space below to post articles that examine the local, national, and global implications of the Lonmin Marikana Mine massacre (and feel free to suggest others in the comment space below, or email them to me for posting at mark.nowak@mville.edu ):

“Beyond the Chaos At Marikana: The Search for Real Issues,” by Greg Marinovich

“South African police shoot dead striking miners,” by David Smith (with video)

“Slaughter at South Africa’s Marikana mine: the bloody politics of platinum,” by Charlie Kimber

“Marikana massacre has long been in the making,” issued by ANC Youth League, August 17, 2012

“Blame Flies Over Police Massacre of 34 South African Miners,” by Mike Elk and Bhaskar Sunkara

“Women’s Protest after the Lonmin Massacre – 18 August 2012: Wathint’ Abafazi Wathint’ Imbokodo” (image from Abahlali baseMjondolo)

“Miners’ wives rage at South Africa police brutality after ‘massacre’,” by David Smith

“Workers of Lonmin, my heart bleeds,” by Gugu Ndima

“The Marikana Mine Workers’ Massacre — a Massive Escalation in the War on the Poor,” by Ayanda Kota

“Bloody Marikana: What the media didn’t tell you,” by September National Imbizo

“Massacre in South Africa: Police Defend Killing of 34 Striking Workers at Platinum Mine,” @ Democracy Now

“Minister apologises to S African mine workers,”  @ Al Jazeera

“The Massacre of Our Illusions… and the Seeds of Something New,” by Leonard Gentle

“South Africa’s ‘freedom’ dripping in blood,” by Lal Khan

“Marakina: The Matter of Embedded Journalism,” by Mandy de Waal

“Marikana, one week on: SA’s war with itself, for all to see,” by Ranjeni Munusamy

“Marxism, socialism, and the ghosts of Marikana,” by Mandy de Waal

“Marikana aftermath: Outrageous claims or outrageous order?,” by Andries Bezuidenhout, Crispen Chinguno and Karl von Holdt

“The massacre of our illusions… and the seeds of something new,” statement issued by the International Labour Research and Information Group

“An open letter to COSATU,” Jay Naidoo


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