Mine shooting could affect ANC conference

The ANC’s conference in Mangaung could be heavily influenced by the recent Lonmin shooting.

Expelled ANC Youth League President Julius Malema is seen addressing striking mineworkers at Lonmin's Marikana operations on Saturday, 18 August 2012. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - There are questions being asked how last week's shooting at Lonmin's Marikana mine in the North West will affect the balance of power at the African National Congress (ANC)'s conference in Mangaung.

Party leaders are expected to meet this week to discuss the tragedy which has altogether claimed the lives of 44 people, including two cops.

It appears that the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in September could also be affected as the politically powerful National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) was partially blamed for tensions that led to the killings.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe on Sunday said he would not discuss the agenda for Monday's National Working Committee meeting.

But it is hard to see how the Marikana shooting will not be discussed.

Meanwhile, political analyst Nic Borain said the incident will definitely affect the party's balance of power.

"It will be very difficult to avoid a political fallout for President Jacob Zuma's camp for the massacre."

However, ANC economic transformation committee chairperson Enoch Godongwana believes this would not help the push for radical policy change.

But the ANC Youth League said this shooting at the Lonmin proves the economy was not changing.