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‘Marikana could have been avoided through resolution’

Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba says Eskom’s dispute resolution tool could have prevented the Marikana tragedy.

FILE: Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba says Eskom’s dispute resolution tool could have prevented the Marikana tragedy. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Marikana could have been avoided if Lonmin used the same labour dispute resolution system that Eskom used to resolve labour problems at Medupi Power Station, Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba, the chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises said on Thursday.

She says she is impressed at the model Eskom used at resolving labour issues at the Medupi Power Station.

Labour disputes contributed to the delays the power station has experienced.

Letsatsi-Duba says her committee is studying the tool and it will be sold to the private sector.

"I think as a country we need to go behind why they are doing it, otherwise we will see an incident like what happened at Marikana."

On 16 August 2012 police opened fire on striking miners at Lonmin mine, killing 34 miners. A total of 44 people, including Lonmin security guards and two policeman, were killed in the long-running strike.

President Jacob Zuma then appointed the Farlam Commission of Inquiry to investigate whether police were justified in using lethal force.

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