Marikana, 10 years on

August 16th, 2022 marks a decade since the "Marikana Massacre." Ahead of a one-day symposium on August 20th, streaming online and in person at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg, we invited various authors to reflect on Marikana’s legacy.

Why do representative bodies like the union, the party, and the so-called Left seem to fail its constituents during struggles like Marikana?

Accountability—insofar as it ever existed within the South African Police Service—has been reduced to a merely theoretical concept. It is time this changed.

In South Africa, the seismic shifts in unionism triggered by the Marikana Massacre have sadly not resulted in a union movement better equipped to tackle the issues that workers face.

The impact of the Marikana massacre on South Africa’s student movement for free education, and an end to outsourcing, has been overlooked.

We know an enormous amount about what precipitated the 2012 Marikana massacre, but relatively little about what is behind the violence there since.

The Marikana Massacre changed democratic South Africa forever. It can also catalyze resistance to the current order.