Saturday, 16 August, is two years since 34 miners were killed in the Marikana Massacre and Manthabang Ntsenyeho, wife of miner Andries Ntsenyeho, feels her husbands story still hasn't been told and has called on eTV and SABC to screen the award winning film Miners Shot Down.
Rehad Desai's film has been screened on DSTV and Al-Jazeera, but Ntsenyeho feels this excludes the majority of South Africans from learning the truth about Marikana.
"I think it is important that the story of the massacre be shown on TV so that everyone can know what happened at Marikana. Our husbands died unexpectedly; they never got sick, they were killed. They were the providers in our homes because as wives, we were unemployed. Now our kids are left without fathers. I want the movie to be shown on TV because most people have access to TV and we all watch SABC and eTV," says Ntsenyeho
Public pressure from the campaign and the media has forced the hand of SABC, which finally responded on Monday, 4 August, after five months of silence after being asked to screen the film.
SABC stated it might find a slot to screen the film in 2015. eTV stated it has already shown content relating to the Marikana Massacre.
Koketso Moeti, a campaigner at social justice organisation amandla.mobi says, "These excuses and stall tactics aren't good enough. Our free to air channel and broadcaster have a responsibility to us, as TV license holders and citizens, to tell the stories of South Africa's first 'post-Apartheid' massacre, a tragedy that claimed the lives of 34 people in a single day, with 10 others killed in the days before. amandla.mobi has got behind Ntsenyeho because it is critical we remember all those who lost their lives and pay tribute to them by hearing their stories told."
Many South Africans have shown their support for the campaign by adding their voice online at www.amandla.mobi
and by dialling *120*4729# from their cellphones. With less than two weeks left before the petition is handed over to both television channels, amandla.mobi is urging members of the public to support the campaign to hold eTV and SABC to account.
Posted on 8 Aug 2014 10:22