Miners Shot Down (85 min) Screens on ETV 11 January at 10pm
PRESS RELEASE Thursday 7 January 2016
MARIKANA SUPPORT CAMPAIGN
We are extremely proud to announce that the feature length version Miners Shot Down is finally being screened to the wider South African community through a local Free To Air (FTA) TV station. A film that has garnered scores of international awards including of late an International Emmy Award and numerous local TV and journalism awards.
We note the tireless campaigning for this to happen by Amandla.Mobi who gathered over 5 000 signatures and other bodies such as the Right To Know Campaign. The widows of the slain miners also played their part in this effort, turning up to both ETV and SABC in numbers to request an audience and demand the film be screened.
The awards and more importantly this screening are a small but important victory for the victims of the massacre, which include the hundreds of injured and arrested. The nation will at long last get an opportunity to view the massacre from the viewpoint of the victims. This is also a victory for freedom of expression and press freedom that we have seen being eroded over the past years particularly on FTA TV channels
The screening, while late, is also timely as by the end of this January discussions will be underway with the government in regards to just levels of compensation.
In the following months 17 miners who still face serious charges will be involved in a pre-trail court hearing. In addition, charges brought against individuals at Lonmin and government, including Cyril Ramaphosa, will be going to court. The Marikana Support Campaign will stand side by side with the victims throughout these processes.
In August 2012, mineworkers in one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines began a wildcat strike for better wages. Six days later, the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress the strike, killing 34 and injuring many more. Using the POV of the Marikana miners, Miners Shot Down, follows the strike from day one, showing the courageous but isolated fight waged by a group of low paid workers against the combined forces of the mining company, Lonmin, the ANC government and their allies in the National Union of Mineworkers. What emerges is collusion at the top, spiralling violence and the country’s first post-colonial massacre. South Africa will never be the same again.
For further comments
Marikana Support Campaign: Trevor Ngwane 079 0307657
Amandla.Mobi: Koketso Moeti 082 583 5869
Right To Know: Dale Mckinley 072 429 4086