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SOUTH AFRICA: RAMAPHOSA APOLOGIZES FOR ROLE IN MARIKANA MASSACRE

May 08, 2017 | Uhuruspirit

South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa





In South Africa, the race for the presidency of the ANC will only open in June when the nomination of candidates will begin. But the campaign is already in full swing. This weekend, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa returned to the issue of Marikana tragedy, in which many criticize him for having played a role while he was a member of the board of directors of the mining company, Lonmin, which employed the striking miners.

It is a rare fact, which shows that the campaign for the presidency of the ANC is well under way. During a question-and-answer session with Rhodes University students, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa returned to the Marikana massacre, in which 34 striking miners fell under police bullets in 2012.

On the eve of the massacre, Cyril Ramaphosa sent an email to the South African police in which he wrote that the strike was "a criminal act that should be treated as such". The deputy president has since been cleared by a commission of inquiry, but this affair weighs heavily on his reputation.

In front of the students, he apologized for the language used, assuring: "I never wanted to kill these miners". He said he was "horrified" by the violence of the strike which had already killed 10 people at the time and said he simply wanted to "save lives".

Cyril Ramaphosa also explained that Winnie Mandela had advised him to go back to the Marikana area, which he plans to do with her.



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