Pressure Zuma to ‘read’ faster
Let me remind the nation that it took about 10 weeks for President Jacob Zuma to read the Public Protector’s report on the late Sicelo Shiceka. The report by retired Judge Ian Farlam into Marikana is a complex matter because it touches on his allies, particularly Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and General Riah Phiyega.
Our new National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) general secretary David Sipunzi must add his voice to the call for Zuma to release the Farlam report.
The president’s loyalists, Richard Mdluli and Judge John Hlophe, are protected and Bruce Koloane, now ambassador to the Netherlands, was rewarded for being the fall guy in the Guptagate scandal. Had those killed been NUM members and allies of former NUM president Senzeni Zokwana and the defeated Frans Baleni, the president would have acted with lightning speed.
The NUM and the Association of Mineworkers must demand that the president read the Farlam report. Government went all out to assist families who lost loved ones in the TB Joshua Synagogue Church tragedy, yet didn’t lift a finger when it came to the widows and orphans of Marikana.