In a significant move aimed at honoring the memory of the tragic events at Marikana, the Build One South Africa (BOSA) Party has called upon President Cyril Ramaphosa to officially declare August 16th as Marikana Memorial Day.
This appeal follows the heart-wrenching incident where miner workers lost their lives at the hands of law enforcement. The Marikana massacre, which occurred on August 16, 2012, was a deeply saddening and pivotal moment in South African history.
On that fateful day, a strike led by mine workers demanding better wages and improved working conditions turned into a tragedy when police opened fire on the protesters, resulting in the loss of numerous lives.
The BOSA Party’s call for the establishment of a Marikana Memorial Day is a powerful gesture that seeks to commemorate the lives lost and the sacrifices made by those who fought for their rights.
BOSA said “There is no closure and there is incomplete justice for the families who are now fatherless”
“ That is why we call on President Cyril Ramaphosa to declare 16 August Marikana Memorial Day- to co be commemorated each year in honor of the breadwinners who were killed 11 years ago,” said BOSA party.
This proposed Memorial Day would not only serve as a tribute to the victims of Marikana, but it would also create an opportunity for reflection on the progress made since that tragic incident.
By officially recognizing August 16th as Marikana Memorial Day, the nation can honor the memory of those who lost their lives while taking steps towards a more just and equitable society.