Marikana, six years on

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The Mail & Guardian’s pho­to­graphic ed­i­tor, has won the pres­ti­gious

CAP prize, the in­ter­na­tional prize for con­tem­po­rary African pho­tog­ra­phy, which is awarded an­nu­ally to only five pho­tog­ra­phers. The prize is for pho­tog­ra­phers whose work deals with the African con­ti­nent and its di­as­pora.

Largely self-funded, Botes and jour­nal­ist Niren Tolsi are in the sixth year of a 10-year project to doc­u­ment what hap­pens af­ter Marikana. Their in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­cludes ex­am­in­ing the foren­sic and so­cial de­tail of this af­ter­math, which in­cludes re­turn­ing to the min­ers’ fam­i­lies and sur­viv­ing com­rades, on the mines and in their homes, for funer­als, cel­e­bra­tions, rit­u­als, life mark­ers, and some­times just to catch up.

By ex­am­in­ing Marikana’s af­ter­math, the project in­tends to cast a light on all the fam­i­lies, the in­dus­try’s ef­fects on min­ing com­mu­ni­ties and the cur­rent state of South Africa’s democ­racy.

Molefi Osiel Nt­soele’s body(above) is car­ried to his fi­nal rest­ing place in the moun­tains of Le­sotho on Septem­ber 8 2012. His body was flown by he­li­copter to his vil­lage, Diputa­neng, an area so re­mote it is ac­ces­si­ble only by horse­back or on foot. Nt­soele (40) was from Ha Tebese, Se­monkong, Le­sotho. He be­gan work­ing for Lon­min in about 2007. On 16 Au­gust 2012 he was shot once in the back by the po­lice.His widow, Mat­sep­ang Nt­soele (left), is among many rel­a­tives, in­clud­ing four chil­dren, three of whom are at school, his mother and mother-in-law, who de­pended on him fi­nan­cially.

Mary Seg­wegwe Langa (above) spent Au­gust 16 2017 alone at her home in Tonga, near the Mozam­bique bor­der, on the five-year com­mem­o­ra­tion of the Marikana mas­sacre. Her hus­band was killed by strik­ing min­ers while on his way to work on Au­gust 13 2012.

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