ECCR writes to FCO expressing concern over mining deaths in South Africa

ECCR has written to Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs asking for her Majesty’s Government to intervene over the desperate situation around the Marikana mine.

We join with our fellow members of the London Mining Network to reiterate the following requests from Bishop Jo that Lonmin should:

• Make a public apology to South Africa and to the victims of the Massacre, (families of the deceased, the injured and the arrested) of August 2012.
• From the sale proceeds, pay reparations to the affected parties, including all dependents of the deceased mineworkers and the injured and arrested workers who survived the Massacre
• Reparations should recognise the psychological damage and/or emotional trauma for those who witnessed the arrests, injuries and deaths that took place during the massacre
• Support calls for the miners who are in prison as a result of the massacre to be released, and for police officers and intellectual authors (i.e. politicians) of the Massacre to be prosecuted.
• Conduct full and proper consultation with all affected parties regarding the proposed
commemorative monument.
• Use sales proceeds to take responsibility for the repair of the environmental destruction caused by the mine to date, and ensure that people in the communities around the mine have sufficient water, proper sanitation and electricity
• With its successors in title fully comply with its current obligations under its Social and Labour Plan (SLP), including the development of 2638 (rental and ownership) accommodation units and 6000 apartments and ensure that these are genuinely affordable for mineworkers and the community,
within the stipulated time-frames.
• Add its voice to those calling for the review of the Farlam commission and actually finance the legal process.
• Stop using the excuse that it is now insolvent. Huge profits have been extracted over the years and shareholders must accept their responsibilities. If the company is sold, the new ownership must take responsibility for the massacre and reparations for the massacre, for providing housing and livelihoods and the other promises made.
• Guarantee livelihoods for the workers if a takeover by Sibanye-Stillwater occurs.
• Assist with financing sustainable developmental projects, with independent problem-solving mechanisms developed by the Benchmarks Foundation and counselling but not limited to Sikhala Sonke.
• Enter in to a covenant with specific time-frames between the company and the entire mining community, not only with investors.

Read our letter here.

Read Bishop Jo’s letter here.