Shabangu points fingers at Ramaphosa
Susan Shabangu says Ramaphosa was under pressure from Lonmin to get govt to act.
JOHANNESBURG - Minister for Women in the Presidency Susan Shabangu has pointed fingers at Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa saying he was under pressure from Lonmin to get government to act on the violence in Marikana.
Shabangu was Minister of Mineral Resources during the unprotected strike in 2012 and had a meeting with Ramaphosa who was a shareholder at the mining company.
She is testifying at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry which is investigating the violence and deaths before and during the shooting on 16 August 2012 which claimed 34 lives.
She insists he had no influence over her and she characterised the strike as criminal due to the violence and deaths of 10 people in the run up to the shooting on 16 August.
Advocate Dali Mpofu says it was Ramaphosa who convinced Shabangu to characterise the strike as criminal because she knew what type of action would be taken.
He referred to some of her comments made to police dealing with criminals back in 2008.
"You must kill the bastards. They have permission to kill these criminals. Mr Mpofu is very pathetic."
Shabangu says she intended to get guidance from the police minister and the president, but Ramaphosa did not convince her to do so.
"He is the one who was under pressure so he had to find a way of making sure that his colleagues felt that he was doing work."
Mpofu says he may recall Shabangu as there are more questions he would like to put to her.