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'Ramaphosa killed the people of Marikana'

Miners at the commission have labelled the deputy president a murderer.

FILE. Miners at the Marikana commission have labelled the deputy president a murderer & want him charged. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has admitted that the nation failed the people of Marikana and says there must be a collective responsibility for the tragedy on the platinum belt almost two years ago.

The deputy president spent two days this week on the stand at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, answering questions about his involvement in the days leading up to the August 2012 shooting of 34 miners.

He was a non-executive director at Lonmin Platinum at the time.

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

Miners at the commission have labelled the deputy president a murderer who could have done more to prevent the deaths in Marikana.

"This man killed the people of Marikana. He must be charged for murder. He's a sell out for profit!"

Ramaphosa has admitted that as a non-executive director at Lonmin, he could have persuaded the company to negotiate with the workers about their wage dispute, but says the violence and killings happening on the ground was the major concern at the time.

"The tragedy that occurred has to be approached as a collective failure."

While his testimony and cross examination has now wrapped up, the miners want the deputy president to be charged with murder.

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