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Miners label Ramaphosa a 'sell-out'

Ramaphosa spent 2 days on the stand testifying about his involvement in the days leading up to Marikana.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has been heckled again by mineworkers at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, this time being labelled "a sell-out".

Ramaphosa has spent two days on the stand answering questions about his involvement in the days leading up to the shooting.

At the time of the shootings, Ramaphosa was a non-executive director at Lonmin.

President Jacob Zuma appointed the inquiry to investigate whether police were justified in using lethal force on the day.

Police claim they opened fire on the group after coming under attack.

Ten people were also killed in the days leading to the shooting including a mineworker, strikers, two Lonmin security guards and two policemen.

Advocate Dali Mpofu, who is representing the surviving miners at the commission, said Ramaphosa didn't do enough to stop the violence because his priority was financial gain.

Ramaphosa conceded that he could have done more to persuade Lonmin to negotiate with the workers in 2012, but as proceedings were wrapping up, he was heckled by the miners.

Mineworkers calling the deputy president a "killer", "sell-out" and a "buffalo head".

Yesterday, proceedings were disrupted when protesters said Ramaphosa has blood on his hands.

Mpofu managed to intervene and calm the group down.

Several mineworkers also wore t-shirts with a picture of a buffalo, in reference to the millions of rand Ramaphosa bid on a buffalo, a month after the mass shooting.

Ramaphosa has completed his cross-examination and has been excused.

HEATED EXCHANGES BETWEEN MPOFU AND RAMAPHOSA

Heated exchanges between Mpofu and Ramaphosa meanwhile took centre stage today.

Earlier today, the deputy president told the commission that Mpofu had asked him to help him with his certificate which needs to be signed in order for him to become a senior counsel.

When the advocate accused Ramaphosa of avoiding his responsibilities and failing the people of Marikana, the issue came up again.

"We agreed to do certain things…" Ramaphosa said.

"Don't start with me Ramaphosa because yesterday you called me to come to you otherwise you'll get 10 times of what to give," Mpofu argued.

The advocate said Ramaphosa should be held criminally liable for the tragic events that unfolded in Marikana.

But the deputy president said the tragedy is a collective responsibility and as a nation, we should bow our heads because the country failed the people of Marikana.

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