Marikana. A Moment in Time (Geko, 2013) is a collection of essays, articles, poems and photos by South African and international writers, activists and artists. The book is edited by Dr Raphael d’Abdon (Postdoctoral Fellow at UNISA) and published by the young and independent publisher Geko Publishing. All the proceeds from this book will be donated to the school of Marikana.
The volume includes a foreword by Makhosazana Xaba and the writings of Prof Njabulo N Ndebele, Simphiwe Dana, Ari Sitas, Prof Tinyiko Maluleke, Napo Masheane, Pitika Ntuli, Prof Pietro Basso, Philo Ikonya, Phillippa Yaa de Villiers, Afurakan, Lance Henson and Abdul Milazi, to name a few. It captures the mood, the opinions, the commentaries of renowned South African and international scholars, activists and artists in essays, articles, poems and images. Some photos were taken by Mandy de Waal and her son Kyle, while others came from Yazeed Kamaldien. September National Imbizo (SNI) also contributed an opinion piece. Philo Ikonya is a Kenyan poet who now lives in exile in Norway. Ikonya was in South Africa in 2012 during Poetry Africa, and she contributed with a poem titled “Evening Falls”.
In her Foreword, Makhosana Xaba says that this book is a blessing and a “dressing on the wound of South Africa”. She reminds us that “the brutal rule of power remains with us. And it kills”, and that “in the name of human dignity, the struggle must continue”. Indeed, she adds, this book “is an offering of solidarity”.
The collection is endorsed by some of the most respected scholars in South Africa, such as Prof Njabulo S Ndebele, Prof Tinyiko Maluleke, Ari Sitas and Pitika Ntuli. Ndebele says that he supports this project for its noble intentions of assisting the Marikana community.
The events of August 14, 2012 at Marikana have reverberated throughout the world – with intense anger, disappointment and disbelief. The shooting and killing of miners on that day indicated how our society still places profit before its people.