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Khulumani welcomes the reversal of the decision of the DOJ on funding the participation of Marikana widows in the Farlam Commission

In an article published in Daily Maverick, Khulumani's Capacity-Building Coordinator, Ms Nomarussia Bonase is quoted as saying that the decision of the DOJ to withdraw financial support to enable the widows of the Marikana shooting to attend the Commission hearings "is another example of a department of justice that 'won’t open its ears'.

(She explained that) the aim of the commission is supposed to be like the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. “The families of the victims are supposed to be there and also come up with their own suggestions, not only their lawyers on their behalf. They are there to speak out on what it is they need and what the commission should do.” 

Khulumani has applied to facilitate that women address the Commission on their experiences, needs and expectations of the Commission in providing justice and adequate compensation for the loss of breadwinners in a situation where each miner is supporting up to 17 dependents on a single salary.

Mining corporations operating in South Africa presently repatriate an estimated R30 billion each year as externalised profit, while R10 billion remains within South Africa as taxes paid to the South African government. 

Professor Ben Turok, ANC Member of Parliament, suggested on October 29, 2012 at the Benchmarks Conference on a JUST WORLD: Whose resources? that the South African government should introduce and enforce greater conditions on multinational mining companies so that those involved in extracting resources on behalf of these companies, see improvements in their lives and their living conditions and so that new models are developed whereby communities are empowered to be partners with mining companies through news forms of shared ownership and new models of beneficiation. 

Khulumani calls for the Marikana Moment to serve as a critical turning point in South Africa's history - a point of turning back to recover the ideal of a community that provides for every citizen to contribute their fullest potential to their communities through being able to live lives of dignity.

The Daily Maverick article can be found at 

http://dailymaverick.co.za/ article/2012-10-29-marikana- commission-check-book-justice- as-dead-miners-families-must- pay-their-own-way

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