We can’t afford a banana republic
Let’s wait and see what the Marikana Commission of Inquiry is going to recommend, but whatever the outcome is, the rule of law is going to prevail in South Africa. We can’t afford a banana republic in South Africa any more. There is a long history of exploitation and an expectation that things would be different in our democracy. It really is a complex and horrible situation. I believe more could have been done.
We seem to be far more worried about investor confidence than people’s living conditions, primary healthcare, housing and education. l disagree with the deputy president when he says we must all take responsibility for what happened in Marikana. Let’s all hope that the commission will not be biased on this important issue. The Mining Charter has been ignored by mines for years and it is about time our government takes action.
FOCUS Judge Ian