Ramaphosa's Marikana commemoration snub

The families of the mineworkers who died in the Marikana massacre don't want Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to attend the commemoration event taking place next week.

They remain critical of Ramaphosa's call for police to take 'concomitant action' during the miner's strike, which turned violent. The Farlam Commission of Inquiry has however labelled accusations that the deputy president is the cause of the massacre as groundless.

702 Breakfast stand-in host Bongani Bingwa spoke to Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) President Joseph Mathunjwa.

He tried to unpack the issues and the narrative around Ramaphosa's involvement in the deadly event, in which 14 striking workers were killed at the hands of police.

We know for a fact that Riah Phiyega was not in a position to take such a decision and you will remember during the Farlam commission, the terms of reference were altered so therefore, it clearly shows that some people somewhere in other offices are the ones who gave those instructions [to shoot]...

Joseph Mathunjwa, Amcu President

He classified the strikers as a bunch of criminals and he tried to influence the then minister of minerals and resources to categorise the strike as an illegal gathering..... As a seasoned unionist coming from the same rank and knowing these workers are poorly paid, I think surely he [Ramaphosa] should have done better than that.

Joseph Mathunjwa, Amcu President

Meanwhile the office of the deputy president says there was no plan for him to visit Marikana as part of the anniversary of the commemoration event.

In a statement the office says: "Reports that Ramaphosa has indicated his intention to visit Marikana on the anniversary are incorrect."

"The feelings and wishes of the Marikana community and the families of the victims are of paramount importance in this sensitive process."

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