Ramaphosa not go­ing to Marikana gath­er­ing

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DEPUTY Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa has no in­ten­tion of at­tend­ing next week’s com­mem­o­ra­tion of the Marikana mas­sacre and he never in­di­cated that he would do so, the Pres­i­dency said.

The Pres­i­dency re­sponded yes­ter­day to as­ser­tions by Joseph Mathun­jwa, the leader of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Minework­ers and Con­struc­tion Union ( Amcu), that “those who lost their loved ones” in the Marikana mas­sacre did not want Ramaphosa to be part of Wed­nes­day’s com­mem­o­ra­tion event.

Thirty- four min­ers were gunned down by po­lice five years ago at Lon­min Platinum Mine dur­ing a pro­tracted vi­o­lent strike.

Although Ramaphosa was cleared by the Far­lam Com­mis­sion of any wrong­do­ing, ac­cu­sa­tions that he en­cour­aged the po­lice to act in a heavy-handed man­ner con­tinue to linger.

Ramaphosa, who was a share­holder of Lon­min at the time, has been heav­ily crit­i­cised for call­ing on po­lice to take “con­comi­tant ac­tion” against the protesters.

Yes­ter­day, Ty­rone Seale, Ramaphosa’s act­ing spokesper­son, said: “Re­ports to the ef­fect that deputy pres­i­dent Ramaphosa has in­di­cated his in­ten­tion to visit Marikana on the an­niver­sary are in­cor­rect.”

Seale said Ramaphosa was com­mit­ted to be­ing part of the ini­tia­tive pro­posed by Win­nie Madik­izela- Man­dela, which will cul­mi­nate in him apol­o­gis­ing to af­fected fam­i­lies for the words he used re­gard­ing the re­quest for po­lice ac­tion.

“The feel­ings and wishes of the Marikana com­mu­nity and the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims are of para­mount im­por­tance in this sen­si­tive process,” said Seale. – ANA

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