Every year the students from groups including the UCT Marikana Solidarity Forum, UCT Socialist Revolutionary Workers’ Party (SRWP) and Left Students Forum remember how 34 miners died under police brutality, something the students said they could partially relate to through the #FeesMustFall campaign.
Police shot and killed the mineworkers on August 16 in 2012 as they were participating in a protracted strike at platinum miner Lonmin after wage negotiations broke down. They were demanding to be paid a minimum basic salary of R12 500 a month.
Yesterday, UCT student activist Thabang Bhili said it was important for students to keep the miners’ memory alive because workers were still battling the issues the miners had died fighting for.
“We are still calling for justice in order for families and the country to have closure. There is a lot of fundamental issues the miners raised and I believe to date their demands have not been met.