Families of the 36 mine workers who were killed by the police in August last year. (SABC)
The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (Seri) has won the Reconciliation Award for what has been described as its courageous efforts to represent at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry 36 families of mine workers who were killed by the police in August last year.
The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) presented Seri with the award on Wednesday night at a ceremony held in Cape Town.
IJR Executive Director, Fanie du Toit, says they have chosen Seri for keeping the Marikana victims and their families on the national agenda. He says the IJR's work is close to that of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).
“The TRC was tasked to investigate state violence, police and army, with the mandate to ensure it never happens again, a victim centred process. These two elements are present in the Marikana Commission mandate.”
Meanwhile, Seri's director of litigation, Teboho Mosikili, has raised a concern about the process of the Marikana Commission.
“The truth is taken away from the commission and the families are given second hand truth, and their attitude of saying it was self-defence despite what we have tried to expose that this was not self-defence.”