Image: A striking miner puts a cardboard box on his head with text reading "R12 500" as miners march to Wonderkop Stadium near Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana. (AFP)
Call for re-convening of Commission on Marikana heard at #EWNDebate
There is a continuing fallout from the release of the Farlam Commission report in to the Marikana shootings of August 2012, with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) now calling Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) leader Joseph Mathunjwa a pathological liar, and former Cosatu General Secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi claiming that unions spent too much time on politics. They have been part of an EWN debate held at Primedia Place in Joburg. The former cosatu general secretary zwelinzima vavi gave his diagnosis of where the problem started. EWN's Gia Nicolaides also participated in the debate:
Union rivalry was brought up in 2012 and we found them arguing (Mamburu and Mathunjwa) about this here today in the debate, showing there is still a sense of union rivalry, where conflict is also seen, especially on the platinum belt. After sitting for 300 days at the Commission, you would expect some sort of satisfaction from all those who sat there, many of whom feel that this Commission was a whitewash and that it should sit again.
Meanwhile there has been a suggestion made by the DA over the weekend of a special fund to compensate the families of the people killed at Marikana. The DA's Federal Executive Chairperson, James Selfe:
What we believe is that whatever is at fault, one the things the fate of the victims and the families. They of course have the option to go to court and fight for compensation, but we believe that one of the ways in which we can find peace here is that those families could have access to some sort of a fund, so they could have some form of relief and a way to soften the blow to losing some of their breadwinners.
Greek banks shut down
In Greece this lunchtime, banks are closed, people can withdraw only €60 a day from ATM's and the country’s government has introduced capital controls after talks with the European Union over Greece’s debt failed. EWN UK's Gavin Grey:
The creditors would say they've failed to pay up as they need even more money, while the creditors want to have austerity imposed, meaning they'd have to cut, cut, cut. The IMF and the European Central Bank really want a great deal of tightening on tax collection.
President of the Association of Foreign Journalists in Greece, Jean-Daniel Colombani:
The problem in Greece started in January 2015 when they elected this new government, who don't believe that there are benefits to being a part of Europe. We hope that the referendum on Sunday will see people saying 'Yes' to Europe, because Europe is our home.
Wits student paper coming to you soon in Sesotho and isiZulu
News this weekend is that the Wits student newspaper Wits Vuvuzela is planning on publishing editions in Sesotho and isiZulu. Editor of Wits Vuvuzela, Anelisa Tuswa:
Wits is highly dominated by African students - most of whom are South African - and our first trial editions went great. (On dialect to be used) we'll preferably be using Urban Zulu, so that most people can understand it, because even as a Xhosa speaker myself, I can understand it.
Nersa to make annoncement over Eskom rate hike request
An announcement is expected at some stage today from the energy regulator Nersa to Eskom’s application for a further price hike amid several reports in the Business Day and other places that it seems unlikely the application will actually be successful. Energy expert and the MD of EE Publishers, Chris Yelland:
I don't think we need to speculate any longer: there will be a press conference held by Nersa at 2 o'clock. If we want to speculate, my personal view is that Eskom won't be getting this extra 12,6% they want.
Operation Fiela sees arrests on overdrive
News in the EWN bulletins this morning is 500 people were arrested in Gauteng alone as part of Operation Fiela: what government has said is a crime combating operation, aimed at making the country safer. Gauteng SAPS Spokesperson, Katlego Mogale:
These people were arrested for crimes ranging from common robbery, house breaking and theft, murder, possession of drugs and stolen vehicles. They were not specifically targeted; several clusters targeted these operations in these areas. In some instances, we do go to places where there are trends of criminal activities, such as some informal settlements. This has nothing to do with xenophobic violence.
Violent start to Burundian election
Voting is now underway in Burundi in an election that the African Union has already said will not be free and fair, as President Pierre Nkurunziza seeks a third term in office. EWN Africa's Jean-Jacques Cornish:
Things are quite tense, with two people reported to have been killed last night. These are the Parliamentary elections; the Presidential elections were delayed. The opposition has boycotted the poll. This is the tightest since the 13 year civil war which ended 9 years ago. Meanwhile, the AU, the EU and the UN have all said that the elections shouldn't go on, but Nkurunziza says he will continue.