Police advance at
Marikana on August
16 last year, as
protesters’ bodies lie
in the foreground
Johannesburg, South Africa — 11 September 2013 – The survivors of last year’s Marikana shootings in which 35 protesting strikers were shot by police intend marching to the Union Buildings in Pretoria this week to push for state legal funding.

IOLnews, quoting Sapa, reports that the survivors had instructed their lawyers to secure permission for the Union Buildings march in order to appeal directly to President Jacob Zuma for legal assistance in their quest to uncover the truth of what happened in August 2012.

Announcing this here, Citizens4Marikana spokesman Erik de Ridder said: “Legal permission for the Marikana march has been granted.”

Citizens4Marikana is a group of ordinary South Africans who came together through social media on the first anniversary of the Marikana shootings, and would join the survivors and the families in the action, said De Ridder.

The march, which will take place tomorrow, will start at the Caledonian Stadium. Its convenor Bishop Johannes Seoka called on all South Africans to join the march.

“It is time for citizens who believe that the state has an obligation to get to the real truth to stand on the right side of history. We call on South Africans from all walks of life to join the march to the Union Buildings at this historic moment in our precious democracy’s life,” he said.

Source: IOLnews. For more information, click here.