Ramaphosa wants to help with ‘healing and atonement’ over Marikana

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By Lorlornyofm February 20, 2018 21:57

Ramaphosa wants to help with ‘healing and atonement’ over Marikana

Protesting miners in Marikana in 2012

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa says he wants to help with “healing and atonement” following the Marikana massacre.

Mr Ramaphosa, who was a non-exective director of the Lonmin platinum mine when 34 striking miners were shot dead by police in 2012, has been accused of putting pressure on authorities to end the strike.

A judicial commission of inquiry cleared Mr Ramaphosa in 2015, but, as the BBC’s Pumza Fihlani pointed out on 2014, the Marikana issue was a blemish in an otherwise spotless reputation enjoyed by the ANC politician.

Mr Ramaphosa tackled the issue in parliament in Cape Town today, saying:

I would like to use this opportunity to address what role I played in my capacity as a Lonmin director in the events of that tragic week.

I am determined to play whatever role I can in the process of healing and atonement for what happened at Marikana.”

It is unclear exactly what he means.

Some have questioned why Mr Ramaphosa did not use his union experience to negotiate a settlement with those working at a platinum mine northwest of Johannesburg.

The striking miners were demanding higher wages when police opened fire on them. The officers involved said they were acting in self defence after being threatened by strikers carrying weapons such as knobkerries (clubs), machetes and spears, as well as firearms.

The miners eventually returned to work after accepting a pay rise of up to 22%.

Source:BBC

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By Lorlornyofm February 20, 2018 21:57
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