Marikana – The Musical on the big screen

Marikana - The Musical

Tebogo Ditinti: Another South African story about tragedy, grief, severe loss and injustice. Another story that must be told continuously … Marikana.

Marikana – The Musical is a play based on the book titled We Are Going To Kill Each Other Today – The Marikana Story, written by Thanduxolo Jika, Felix Dlangamandla, Lucas Ledwaba, Sebabatso Mosamo, Athandwa Saba and Leon Sadiki.

The book was adapted into a six-time Naledi Award-winning play by the Artistic Director of The South African State Theatre Aubrey Sekhabi.

Marikana – The Musical is a story about the Marikana massacre that resulted in the killing of 34 miners by the South African Police Service. It took place on 16 August 2012 and was the most lethal use of force by South African security forces against civilians since 1976. The massacre has been compared to the 1960 Sharpeville massacre.

The incident took place on the 25th anniversary of a nationwide miners’ strike. On the morning of the massacre, the then SAPS provincial commissioner of North West, Zukiswa Mbombo, was on record saying “Today is the day we intend to end the violence”.

That day was the day many lives and livelihoods ended. Wives became widows, children became fatherless, mothers lost their sons and there is still no justice served to date.

According to Lucas Ledwaba, one of the co-authors of the book: “It is important that the story is seen by as many people as possible, through different platforms.”

Mavuso Magabane who played Mgcineni Noki (The man in the green blanket) under the character name Sizwe said: “We did not misrepresent anyone in the play and we hope those who have never seen Marikana – The Musical can get a chance to see it now in cinemas.” He goes on to say: “I have to mention this, people died for R12 500.00” which was what the miners were demanding at the time of the strike which resulted in the devastating loss of many lives.

It also stars Aubrey Pooe, Siya Papu and Mpho “Mckenzie” Matome as the composer and musical director. In a brief chat with Mckenzie: “Who has ever dreamt that theatre would transform the way that it has. It is an awesome feeling. Big up to The South African State Theatre for being such groundbreakers.” Matome says he is over the moon and is re-inspired to do more and work harder. “This work is not just for us, this work is for everyone everywhere, now we are in cinemas, I am over the moon”.

The critically acclaimed Marikana – The Musical will be showing to fans on the big screen in Ster-Kinekor Theatres (SKT) cinemas from 19 November to 12 December 2021, as part of the ongoing collaboration between SKT and the South African State Theatre (SAST) to screen theatre productions in cinemas.


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