[LISTEN] Ramaphosa: I vow to help atone for Marikana tragedy

President Cyril Ramaphosa in Parliament on Tuesday afternoon, vows to atone for the Marikana massacre.

We must acknowledge as a government, where we have made mistakes, we will take steps to correct those mistakes. One of such was the Marikana tragedy, which stands out as the darkest moment in the life of our young democracy.

President Cyril Ramaphosa

He reminds MPs that the Commission of Inquiry, headed by retired Judge Farlam, investigated the direct and root causes of the tragedy.

Three broad areas were identified for action, says Ramaphosa.

  • Compensation for the injured and the families of those who lost their lives
  • Examining the procedures of public order policing
  • Preparing valid cases for prosecution, if there are, according to applicable laws

He says government is making progress on the engagement with legal representatives of the victims.

This must be concluded in the coming months.

President Cyril Ramaphosa

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.

President Cyril Ramaphosa

Notwithstanding the findings of the Farlam Commission on my responsibility for the events that unfolded, I'm determined to play whatever role I can, in the process of healing and atonement, for what happened at Marikana.

President Cyril Ramaphosa

He says in this, he is guided by the needs and the wishes of the families of the 44 workers who lost their lives.

Listen to what Ramaphosa said:


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