On 26 August 2020, Daily Maverick published an op-ed by SERI candidate attorney Khuselwa Dyantyi and SERI researcher Thato Masiangoako about the how the narrative of Marikana and the striking mineworkers has continued to have a damaging impact on justice and healing for the victims and their families.

In the op-ed, entitled "Marikana massacre: The devastating impact of the narrative painted by business, police and the state", Dyantyi and Masiangoako argue that the characterisation of the striking mineworkers as irrational, violent and unreasonable delegitimised their strike in 2012 but that this narrative has continued to shape how the deadly force used by the police to end the strike is understood and (un)accounted for.

They go on to argue that this narrative of Marikana has allowed the state to never fully account for Marikana and that this has allowed police violence to continue unabated. According to Viewfinder analysis of IPID data, since 2012 the police have killed a person a day, on average, and have been reported for more than 1,000 torture complaints and more than 26,000 complaints of assault.


Brutality and Accountability