The queen re­mains on the throne

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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.

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