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leaflet by by CPSA/ML, 20 August 2012

The communist Party of South Africa (Marxist – Leninist) wishes to express its disgust at the massacre and wanton killing of the striking mine workers who were mowed down by the heavy machine guns of the neo-colonial government police.  This happened without provocation at all.  The response of the government officials is typical of all governments whose regimes are at the service of monopoly capital and imperialism.  Those who proclaim to be leaders of workers were the first to beg the police to arrest the striking workers calling them criminals.  In the whole history of struggles it is a known fact that police have never solved the problems of the masses but instead exacerbate the situation whenever it intervenes.  The end result of police intervention is the massacre and maiming of the striking mineworkers.
Now is the time for the workers and the entire working class to work hand in hand together and also identify who is on their side and who is prepared to struggle together with them.  Like the old apartheid regime the present neo-apartheid government does not care about the lives and livelihood of the workers.  Every right thinking person knows that the workers in Marikana Lonmin Platinum Mine have been betrayed and that no amount of lies will change that.  In the final analysis the system of capitalism must be overthrown and be replaced by a new social order of socialism.  This is the only tribute that will make the bones of these martyrs of workers to rest in peace in their graves.  We bow our heads uncovered and swear that their death shall not be vain. 
We fully support the genuine demands of the workers for which they laid down their lives and we call on all mine workers and all workers in all industries to rally together and stand in solidarity with the striking workers guided by the motto: “an injury to one is an injury to all”.  Let the people stand in support of the striking mine workers because their demands are genuine.  To the families of the militant workers we express our sincere and heartfelt condolences.  The struggle continues!

Please send solidarity messages to:

Communist Party of South.Africa (Marxist-Leninist) CPSA(ML),


Please send letters of protest to:

Lonmin Plc, 4 Grosvenor Place, London SW1X 7YL, Fax: +44 (0)20-72016100,

President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma: Fax: +44 (0)27123238246,

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