Marikana, six years on
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.