First Thing is First |Today is nine years since the 34 mine workers of Marikana who embarked on a three-week strike were killed by the South African Police Service. On 9 August 2012, the mineworkers embarked on a strike over their working conditions and to demand a living wage. On 16 August 2012, the South African Police Service (SAPS) attempted to end the strike by responding with lethal force. Over the course of a few days, the cumulative death toll reached 44 people including mineworkers, Lonmin security personnel and two SAPS officers.
Guest: Dineo Phalane , Candidate Attorney at The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI)