As South Africa observes the fourth anniversary of the Marikana massacre tomorrow, a night vigil will be held to demand the SABC broadcasts the award-winning documentary, Miners Shot Down.
The candlelight vigil, organised by the Right2Know Campaign , will take place at the SABC Sea Point studios from 6pm tomorrow.
Last year, it was widely publicised that the SABC and free-to-air channel, eTV, wouldn’t air the documentary.
Calls for the documentary to be aired, so the majority of South Africans would be able to see it, were revived after the documentary’s director, Rehad Desai, won an Emmy.
eTV gave in to the pressure and aired Miners Shot Down. The SABC is yet to follow suit.
R2K is demanding the public broadcaster air the documentary and end censorship, as “the [South African] people have a right to know”.
Speaking to htxt.africa, R2K’s Nomaceba Mbayo said it had been pleading with the SABC to air Miners Shot Down so that the general South African public can see what happened on 16th August 2012.
“Four years after Marikana, we want to have something to remember the miners by. We’ve applied to host a public gathering and will have the vigial from 6pm to 8pm. We’ll be showing snippets from the documentary,” she said.
Mbayo added that R2K’s hopes for the vigil is to send a message to the public broadcaster not to censor information which is relevant to the people of this country, so that they can draw their own conclusions from it.
Anyone who wants to be part of the vigil is welcome to join in.