Haven’t they suffered enough? Another hurdle for Marikana victims’ families
Court proceedings are translated from English to Setswana and Afrikaans, but most families are Xhosa
Last week, the Marikana trial in the North West High Court focused on the murder of Pumzile Sokhanyile, who was shot dead (https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2020-10-23-marikana-trial-focus-on-police-probe-of-scene-where-mineworker-pumzile-sokhanyile-was-murdered/), allegedly by police, on August 13 2012, three days before the Marikana massacre.
For the first two days of proceedings, Sokhanyile’s daughter, Ziyanda, 28, sat with people in the gallery who had also lost husbands, uncles, fathers, brothers and sons in the bloodshed.
After being approached by a journalist on Tuesday and asked how all the evidence about her father’s killing made her feel, Ziyanda stopped coming to court. ..