Ep. 9 Collective action in the fight against corruption – Lessons from Primrose Sonti

South African MP and grassroots activist Primrose Sonti MP with Executive Director of Step up Nigeria, Onyinye Ough.

After the tragic killing of 37 miners from the Marikana community by the South African Police in 2012, Madam Primrose Sonti led her community in a fight for justice, demanding accountability from government and from the mining company that they believed had failed the Marikana community.

Madam Primose Sonti (now a South African Member of Parliament) is a good example of how those at the grassroots, particularly women, can become leaders and mobilise citizens in the fight against potential corruption and in promotion of community rights. She is also the protagonist in the documentary movie ‘Strike a Rock’ which shows the struggle being faced by the Markina community.

In this interview, Primose Sonti explains her motivation and how she was able to mobilise the women to fight for justice by standing up against the the mining company and the South African government.