Associate editor at Daily Maverick, Greg Marinovich spoke to Afternoon Drive host, Redi Tlhabi about his book 'The Real Marikana Massacre and on winning the Alan Paton Award.
Marinovich says the Marikana story resonates highly with that of South Africa's liberation struggle. He says it felt like a similarly themed struggle for the slain and working miners of Marikana.
Its struggling against very powerful people, against the police, against the military, against bosses who care about them nearly enough and against a system that doesn't favour them.— Greg Marinovich, author and Associate editor at Daily Maverick
About 'Murder at Small Koppie: The Real Story of the Marikana Massacre'
"The killing of thirty-four miners by police at Marikana in August 2012 was the largest massacre of civilians in South Africa since Sharpeville. The events have been covered in newspaper articles, on TV news and in a commission of inquiry, but there is still confusion about what happened on that fateful day. In Murder at Small Koppie, renowned photojournalist Greg Marinovich explores the truth behind the Marikana massacre.
He investigates the shootings near Wonderkop hill, which happened in view of the media, as well as the killing that happened beyond the view of cameras at a nondescript collection of boulders knows as Small Koppie, some 300 metres away.
Many of the men killed here were shot in cold blood at close range. Drawing on his own meticulous research, eyewitness accounts and the findings of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry, Marinovich accurately reconstructs that fateful day as well as the events leading up to the strike, and looks at the subsequent denials, obfuscation and buck-passing by Lonmin, the SAPS and the government.
This is the definitive account of the Marikana massacre from the journalist whose award-winning investigation into the tragedy has been called the most important piece of South African journalism since apartheid."-- Back cover.
Listen to the full interview here: