Will a new dawn follow Marikana's long shadow?
The Times Editorial: Today the eyes of the world will be on us as we seek the truth behind the tragedy of Marikana, where 34 striking miners were shot dead by the police on August 16.
As the commission of inquiry into the events at Marikana, chaired by retired judge Ian Farlam, establishes itself in the Rustenburg Civic Centre this morning, South Africans and the world will follow the events with keen interest.
The families of those who were killed and injured will want the truth as a path to closure.
The death of their loved ones, which resulted in the mine finally agreeing to increase workers' basic salaries, has prompted other miners to down tools.
The Marikana tragedy has set the ball rolling - many workers from a wide variety of sectors are now also demanding more money.
While the commission considers the role in the tragedy played by Lonmin's bosses, the police and the unions, South Africans will be curious not only about its findings but also about how the government responds to those findings.
The ANC government, currently locked in a bitter leadership battle, will have to deal with the effects of Marikana and find a way to manage workers' increasing frustration.
The ANC's nomination process got under way today but the rising discontent across the country is firmly part of the background.
The government must not allow another Marikana.
Though the tragedy will have no direct effect on who triumphs in December, whoever is elected ANC president will have his hands full.
Failure to change the lives of most South Africans will invite a backlash by voters in the 2014 national elections. The increase in service- delivery protests, and the poor performance of our economy, demand that those elected at Mangaung turn the economy around.
The Marikana tragedy should prompt the country to have an honest conversation with itself. Is policy the problem, or the leaders we elect?