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Facing Marikana: Inequality, fragmentation, violence and challenges for leadership

21 September 2012
09:30 - 12:00

Date : 21 September 2012

Time : 09:30 – 12:00


Mr Jay Naidoo: Founding General Secretary of COSATU 

Rev Sakhumzi Collen Qiqimana: Resident of Marikana and member of a local Faith Based Organisation


Prof Irvin Ivan Turok: Economic Performance and Development, HSRC

Dr Temba Masilela: DCEO, HSRC


Dr Lindiwe Msengana-Ndlela: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery, HSRC

“Now is the time for calm heads to prevail. The Judicial Commission of Enquiry appointed by President Zuma will hopefully present all the facts. It is the right decision.

But it will take painstaking commitment on all sides to rebuild the trust that has been shattered. And that involves us all as citizens. There is not going to be a simple solution. This is a complex dispute that is at its very essence a microcosm of South African society.

Today a community struggles to recover from a bloody confrontation that has left the crumpled bodies of 44 citizens lying in the veld, seen starkly in our lounges and across the world. It has split brother from brother and left a community divided and volatile. This is the real trial of leadership on all sides. It is a tinderbox. We do not need demagoguery that stirs explosive emotions or to engage in finger-pointing that adds fuel to the fire.

The critical question is how could this have happened in 2012, 18 years into our democracy and the centenary commemoration of the ANC’s struggle for social justice and human dignity? The answer simply is that there has been a massive failure of leadership on all sides. The critical question is why we did not act earlier on this festering dispute that today the nation mourns?”

Excerpt from ‘Marikana: Blood on our hands, hands over ears’ by Jay Naidoo, Daily Maverick, Mail & Guardian 22 August 2012

Kindly RSVP by 19 September 2012

This seminar may be attended via video conference in Pretoria, Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal. Details as below.

Cape Town: HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, or

Durban:  First floor HSRC board room, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor, Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or

Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail:

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