October 24, 2016

South Africa urged to screen Emmy-winning Marikana film

Civil society demands South African Broadcasting Corporation screen Miners Shot Down after film scoops Emmy award.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has been urged by activists and civil society to broadcast a documentary depicting the Marikana massacre of 2012 on public television.

At least 44 people were killed during strikes at the Lonmin Platinum mines in the Northwest province in South Africa.

Thirty-four were murdered on a single day when police opened fire on striking miners in the most brutal police operation in the country since the end of apartheid.

The film continues to draw plaudits from across the globe. Since being released in 2014, Miners Shot Down has won 21 awards, including five South African awards. It won an Emmy for best documentary at a ceremony in New York City on Monday night.

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