On the 36th anniversary of the murder in police custody of Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko, political organisations, activists and the Marikana community marched to the Union Buildings to demand that the state pay the legal fees of survivors of the Marikana massacre.
Elsewhere, the Treatment Action Campaign was marching to demand a better health system in South Africa. Activism is alive and well in South Africa, and sometimes, though not always, it moves mountains.
In informal discussions with members of Cabinet at breakfast meeting with the media last week, it became very clear that they were digging in their heels on the issue of state funding for the Marikana massacre survivors' legal representation.
One Cabinet minister told Daily Maverick that some lawyers were using the Marikana Commission of Inquiry as a platform to show off and pursue a political agenda against the ANC government. Why then would the state finance them? he asked.
Advocate Dali Mpofu, who has been representing the wounded and arrested mineworkers, has explored legal channels up to the Constitutional Court to secure state funding for him and his team. After failing in his bids to do so, he has had to withdraw...