Wounded Marikina miner 'disappointed' by the report

Lungisile Madwantsi was shot in the leg on 16 August at the nearby Koppie in Wonderkop.

FILE: Lonmin employee Lungisile Madwantsi watches as President Jacob Zuma releases the Marikana report on 25 June 2015. Madwantsi was injured during the August 2012 strike in Marikana. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Lungisile Madwantsi sat quietly and listened to President Jacob Zuma's address, only stopping to shake his head in disapproval.

Immediately after the president finished he voiced his disappointment at Zuma's decision not to charge Cyril Ramaphosa and then Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu.

He questioned how Ramaphosa could have escaped any prosecution if he had shares in the Lonmin platinum company at the time.

Madwantsi is a former member of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and defected to Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) during the strike.

He also asked why there had been very little mentioned about the union's former president Senzeni Zokwana.

He was shot in the leg on 16 August at the nearby Koppie in Wonderkop.

He now lives in hostel with his wife but is no longer able to work.


Zuma says it cannot be said that deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa was the cause of the massacre and the allegations against him are 'groundless' and made no findings against Minister Susan Shabangu.

The President added that the police operation should not have taken place on 16 August 2012, but instead the next day.

Ramaphosa was a shareholder at Lonmin at the time and had called for concomitant action


The commission recommended, among others, that the South African police Services (Saps) be de-militarised and made 'professional' in terms of public order policing.

Zuma says policy should be amended that the Saps should get the 'the world's best practices' in dealing with public order policing.

He adds the effected ministers must study the report and advise him on the recommendations.

The Commission also recommended that a panel of experts be appointed to revise all prescripts to public order policing.