The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) will be hosting the annual commemoration of the 44 workers who perished during the Lonmin platinum strike of August 2012. The event will be part-physical and part-virtual, with a live crossing to the site of the Marikana Massacre.
Every year since the Marikana Massacre, AMCU has commemorated, together with various dignitaries, guests, leaders, and members of the communities, the lives lost by the comrades who were massacred by the State. This year just like in 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, AMCU will host the two main events during this week of commemoration with small physical gatherings coupled with remote participation via online methods.
The first event was the customary Memorial Lecture which took place on 11 August 2021, with keynote address by Xolani Dube of the Xubera Institute and guest speaker, Advocate Dali Mpofu SC.
Tomorrow (16 August 2021) will be the main event, namely the Ninth Commemoration of the Marikana Massacre, and it will be held at the Bryanston Methodist Church in Bryanston, Johannesburg. Guest speakers include Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, Mmusi Maimane, Julius Malema and General Bantu Holomisa. There will be reports on the housing scheme and legal battles by Adv Dali Mpofu. The keynote address will be made by AMCU President Joseph Mathunjwa.
Members of the media are invited to attend the Commemoration, either physically or via YouTube, Facebook or Zoom. The links for these virtual methods are as follows:
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87189074069?pwd=bldoczJWd21TRHQ4alovMnFlTXBRZz09 (Meeting ID: 871 8907 4069; Passcode: 625096)
Guests will start arriving at around 9:00 and the programme will start at 11:00. There will be a live crossing to the kopje at Marikana between 15:00 and 16:00 for the laying of wreaths.
For interviews: President Joseph Mathunjwa