The chilling tale of Marikana told through song

'Marikana - The Musical' is an adaptation by Aubrey Sekhabi of a novel entitled “We are going to kill each other today”

The Marikana Story was a collaboration by numerous journalists such as Felix Dlangamandla, Thanduxolo Jika, Lucas Ledwaba, Sebabatso Mosamo, Athandwa Saba and Leon Sadiki. Meshack Mavuso and Mpho “Mckenzie” Matome.

Thanduxolo Jika, a contributor to the Marikana Story and senior investigative journalist Sunday Times, says some of his colleagues were there for days before the Marikana massacre. He would go there from time to time to document the living conditions of the miners and attempt to establish the cause of the strike.

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After the 16th of August, i stayed there for about six days. I organised myself to live with a mine worker in one of the shacks to experience their lives and understand what was beyond the strike.

Thanduxolo Jika, contributor to the Marikana Story and senior investigative journalist Sunday Times

Jika explains how during his stay in Marikana he was later exposed to the inhumane conditions the mineworkers were living under. "I remember seeing a payslip of a man that had been working there since 1986 as a rock driller and earned five thousand rand", says Jika.

Following the deaths of the miners, he embarked on a mission to identify the deceased miners and find their families. He says it helped him to convey a holistic portrayal of events and the lives of the victims.

He believes his role in the book was to understand why no action was taken before 16 August because by then there were already ten fatalities.

Aubrey Sekhabi, director of the musical, says during their short run at the State Theatre in Tshwane, his cast performed for an audience of about ten thousand people. The response has been very emotional, he says.

Sekhabi explains that the reason he adapted the book into a musical is because the mineworkers told their story and defiance through song.

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