Maximum Force
Reclaimed timber from Nkaneng (Marikana), 100% pure platinum nail
1750 x 300 x 450 mm
2016
Private Collection

The Marikana Massacre started as a wildcat strike at a mine owned by Lonmin plc (a British producer of platinum group metals) in the Marikana area, close to Rustenburg, South Africa in 2012. The event garnered international attention following a series of violent incidents between the South African Police Service, Lonmin security and the leadership of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on the one side and strikers themselves on the other, which resulted in the deaths of 44 people, 41 of whom were striking mineworkers killed by police between 14 - 16 August 2012. During the same incident, at least 78 additional workers were injured. The Marikana Massacre was the single most lethal use of force by South African security forces against civilians since 1960. The shootings have been compared to the Sharpeville massacre in 1960.


 

 

 

Michael MacGarry, contemporary African art, African art, contemporary art, Africa, sculpture