Marikana: Zuma shows sympathetic view towards police

The president was heckled by a member of the crowd during his address to TUT students.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

PRETORIA - President Jacob Zuma has revealed what appears to be a sympathetic view towards the police and their conduct, which led to the shooting of 34 miners in Marikana.

Zuma made the comment on Tuesday after being heckled by a crowd member when addressing several thousand people at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)'s Soshanguve Campus.

The police shot and killed 34 miners in Marikana in August 2012.

The president said he will release the report into the killings by the end of this month.

He told the youth to refrain from violence.

"As young people, you are leaders of the future. You should lead my example and not use violence to solve problems."

A lone man then stood up to address the president, pointing out that it was the police who killed miners at Marikana.

"Those people at Marikana had killed people and the police were stopping them from killing people."

While Zuma made no further reference to the shootings, the man was jeered and later escorted out of the hall.

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