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What The Lonmin-Marikana Mining Massacre Says About The New South Africa
Mazibuko Jara, editor, Amandla, South Africa s new progressive magazine Standing for Social Justice , a leader of the Democratic Left Front in South Africa, bringing together 40 South African social movements into a broad anti-capitalist front, former media officer of the South African Communist Party, and first chairperson of the Treatment Action Campaign challenging big pharma and an
AIDS denialist government to win ARV treatment.
Nelson Mandela was an inspiration for reformers & revolutionaries throughout the 20th century. He galvanized a mighty force of freedom fighters to break the back of the apartheid system. But the transition from the apartheid system in South Africa left intact the capitalist economic system and the continued exploitation and poverty of South Africa's majority black population. On 16 August 2012 " the south African police massacred 34 striking miners at Marikana mine, owned by the London based Lonmin company. A democratic South Africa was meant to bring an end to such barbarity. And yet the president and his ministers, locked into a culture of cover-up.
Jara discuses the political situation in South Africa in the aftermath of the Lonmin-Marikana mineworker massacre, and its broader context, including internal ANC battles over that tragedy and what it means for working class struggles and efforts to build the left
produced by Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
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