Sunday, 14 April 2013

Marikana: the Massacre and its Meaning - 22 April 2013

The Faculty of Humanities invites you to attend the following seminar:

Prof Peter Alexander, Professor of Sociology at the University of Johannesburg, where he holds the South African Chair in Social Change.

Title: Marikana: the Massacre and its Meaning

Date: Monday 22nd April 2013
Time: 5pm
Venue: Faculty of Humanities Seminar Room, Cnr Somerset & Prince Alfred Streets


Camalita Naicker, MA Candidate, Political and International Studies
Nosipho Mngomezulu, MA Candidate, Anthropology

On 16 August 2012 police carried out the largest massacre of civilians by the South African state since the Soweto Uprising. Two days later Peter Alexander and his team were already in the field conducting interviews with workers who were present. This led to the exposure of a second site of police killings, at the so-called 'Killing Koppie', and then to further research leading to the book Marikana: A View from the Mountain and a Case to Answer. To date, this is the only book on the massacre and the deaths that occurred in the preceding week. It has been published in South Africa and the UK, and further editions are planned for the US, Germany and France.

The talk will draw on evidence emerging from the Marikana Inquiry as well as interviews with workers it will open discussion on the enduring significance of the massacre.