Connor Hayes speaks with Dr Andy Higginbottom, about the killing of 34 miners on 16 August 2012 in Marikana, South Africa, an event since known as ‘the Marikana Massacre’, who were on strike while working for a mine owned by the British company Lonmin. Topics of discussion include the collaboration between the ANC government of South Africa, the South African Police Services, and the Lonmin company to massacre the miners, the historical role played by British mining companies in colonizing Africa, the resistance of peoples in Marikana and around Africa against the extractive neocolonialism of corporations from Britain and the global north, and the international solidarity movements that have arisen in support of the people of Marikana, including a demonstration held on 16 August 2021, on the 9th anniversary of the massacre, outside the South African embassy in London which Dr Higginbottom helped to organise.
Dr. Higginbottom is an associate professor in the department of politics, human rights and international rights at Kingston University in London, where he teaches and researches on international political economy, slavery, emancipation, and extractivism. He has also been a long-time international solidarity campaigner, in active support of social movements in Colombia, South Africa, the Eelam Tamils, and anti-colonial and liberation movements around the world.
Connor Hayes is an activist, researcher, and a student of philosophy. He was a member of the 2019 International Peace Delegation to Imrali.
For more resources, see the following:
Sinethemba Fundraising Appeal:
Sinethemba Women, Marikana South Africa Workshop
Peter Alexander, Luke Sinwell, Thapelo Lekgowa (2013) Marikana: A View from the Mountain and a Case to Answer Bookmarks
Benchmarks Foundation (various) https://www.bench-marks.org.za/?s=marikana
Asanda Benya (2016) The invisible hands: women in Marikana https://www.researchgate.net/publication/290475569_The_invisible_hands_women_in_Marikana
Rehad Desai (2014) Miners Shot Down – Film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2GbCoKioEs
Dick Forslund (2014) The Bermuda Connection: Profit Shifting, Inequality and Unaffordability at Lonmin 1999–2012. Cape Town: Alternative Information and Development Centre http://aidc.org.za/download/Illicit-capital-flows/BermudaLonmin04low.pdf
Andy Higginbottom (2018) The Marikana Massacre in South Africa: the Results of Toxic Collusion https://www.researchgate.net/publication/323607571_The_Marikana_Massacre_in_South_Africa_the_Results_of_Toxic_Collusion
Greg Maronovich (2017) Murder at Small Koppie: The Real Story of South Africa’s Marikana Massacre Michigan State University Press
Ranjeni Munusamy (2015) The Marikana massacre is a tale of utter shame for South Africa https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/26/marikana-massacre-ramaphosa-lonmin
New Frame (2021) Anatomy of a Massacre https://www.newframe.com/anatomy-of-a-massacre-2/?fbclid=IwAR0m706oKV9GCdPhBtEvR0wq-PhAoCo2EqAIKnouReq_NA1fw_w8vwVu9Ps
SERI (2015) Commissioning The Present: Marikana and its Aftermath http://www.marikana-conference.com/
including Farlam Commission transcripts http://www.marikana-conference.com/index.php/commission-transcripts
Recent Reports on Occasion 9th anniversary:
AMCU Warns Of Marikana Repeat If SA’s Economic Policies Not Reformed https://ewn.co.za/2021/08/17/amcu-warns-of-marikana-repeat-if-sa-s-economic-policies-not-reformed
‘I don’t feel like a citizen of this country’ https://www.newframe.com/i-dont-feel-like-a-citizen-of-this-country/
Returning to Marikana: Seeing that koppie where the bodies once lay was tough https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2021-08-17-returning-to-marikana-seeing-that-koppie-where-the-bodies-once-lay-was-tough/
This interview is sponsored by the Peace in Kurdistan Campaign (https://www.peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/) and the Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (http://www.campacc.org.uk/).
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