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'It is not just the miners'

Jacob Zuma says it's not just the miners who are striking but that there are instigators as well.

South African President Jacob Zuma addressed promises on a number of issues on Thursday 13 September 2012. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma says the unrest which has accompanied a series of strikes countrywide is not helping workers' cause.

Zuma addressed Parliament on Thursday on a number of issues, including the Marikana tragedy and industrial action threaten to cripple the mining sector.

The president said violence would not achieve anything.

"It can no longer be accepted. You know that it is not just the miners who are striking, it is also some people of some description who are going there to instigate the miners to operate in a particular way."

This was seen as a veiled reference to Zuma's nemesis Julius Malema, who was visited several mines since the shooting at Marikana in which 34 people were killed by police.

The former ANC Youth League leader has told miners Zuma and his government did not care about them.

Meanwhile, some members of Parliament asked Zuma if he believes the conduct of police in dealing with the Marikana debacle was warranted.

Congress of the People (COPE) MP Leonard Ramatlakane said: "We warned before that the re-introduction of the army rank was wrong. We warned that such an introduction is a slow walk back to Vlakplaas."