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Ramaphosa not visiting Marikana commemoration event

The office of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says there was no plan for him to visit Marikana as part of anniversary of the commemoration event.

FILE: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - The office of deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa says there was no plan for him to visit Marikana as part of the anniversary of the commemoration event after reports by Amcu that he is not welcome.

Next week Wednesday marks five years since 34 people were shot dead by the police at the infamous koppie at the Lonmin mine during a strike over salaries.

Ramaphosa sent an email to mine bosses before the shooting calling for concomitant action to be taken against the strikers.

But five years later Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa says that nothing has changed for the miners.

“The tree of liberty is watered by the blood of the martyrs so we can’t say it was in vain because today, in South Africa, we are not liberated.”

THE STATEMENT READS AS FOLLOWS:

"The office of the deputy president wishes to correct several media reports relating to events marking the fifth anniversary of the tragedy at Marikana.

"Reports to the effect that Ramaphosa has indicated his intention to visit Marikana on the anniversary are incorrect.

"He is committed to being part of the initiative proposed by Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

"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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