The queen remains on the throne
The Marikana commission has come and gone. Predictably, the mine workers got nothing of significance out of it. Those who many people see as the real culprits have been exonerated. Again, predictably, a few scapegoats have been sacrificed. The expensive show has gone through the motions, said lots of erudite stuff in as dramatic a fashion as the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace – full of sound and fury, with much stomping and shuffling of feet, but it ends where it began: with the queen firmly on the throne.
It’s time the leaders of the workers consider not legitimising such commissions. The participation of workers amounts to an abuse in which they are victims, but turns into self-abuse if they endorse it through their participation.