Marikana: A View from the Mountain and a Case to Answer,
is authored by UJ professor Peter Alexander, the South African
Research in Social Change, and a team of researchers that includes
Thapelo Lekowa, Botsang Mmope, Luke Sinwell and Bongani Xeswi.
The launch will be facilitated by Prof. Adam Habib, UJ’s deputy vicechancellor
for research. The event will also be addressed by one of the
leaders of the Marikana strike and by the authors.
The heart of the book is a series of interviews with strikers, most of
them recorded on ‘the mountain’ close to where 34 of their comrades
were killed on 16 August. Prof. Jane Duncan, chair of Media and
Information Studies at Rhodes University says: ‘The book provides
a bottom-up account of the Marikana story, to correct an imbalance
in many official and media accounts that privilege the viewpoints
of governments and business, at the expense of workers.’ Prof. John
Saul, the Canadian political scientist, one of the world’s top experts
on liberation struggle in Southern Africa, comments that the book is:
‘well written, extremely scrupulous in its research and forceful in its
Despite the relevance of the book for the work of the inquiry, and
although it is based on academic research by a team lead by one of
the country’s top social scientists, the Farlam Commission refused
to receive a copy, arguing that to do so ‘may create a perception of
bias on the part of the commission’. Alexander comments: ‘The launch
will provide an opportunity for the media and the public to join a
discussion about the Marikana book the Marikana Commission does
not want to consider’.
The book is published by Jacana Media, and press copies are available
from Jacana’s Neilwe Mashigo.
Prof Alexander is available for comment on 082 332 8802.
978-1-4314-0733-0 • Paperback
210x148mm • 144pp • November 2012
RRP R120.00 • World rights