The More things change, the more they stay the same.
Tomorrow, South Africa and the world will remember the 34 miners who died in Marikana , North West . The miners were part of a protest demanding better wages when things turned violent at a koppie near the Lonmin mine.
Human rights organization Amnesty International says miners in Marikana still live in the “truly appalling” conditions that were a major factor behind the fatal strikes four years ago.
In a report released today, Amnesty International says many of the approximately 20,000 miners still live in bleak informal settlements, despite a legally binding commitment from Lonmin to build more houses.
Amnesty International has now called for the Minerals and Resources ministry, to investigate and consider sanctioning Lonmin, after the company failed to meet its commitment to provide 5,500 houses for worker.
At the same time , national police commissioner Riyah Phiyega is still fighting to keep her job after the Farlam Commission of inquiry questioned her fitness to hold office post the Marikana killings.