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Cope: Zuma, government must take full responsibility for Marikana

The Marikana report laid the blame on Nationa Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega and NWPC Zukiswa Mbombo.

FILE: The Farlam Commission of Inquiry found that deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa who was a Lonmin shareholder at the time was not behind the killings of 34 miners on 16 August 2012. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - As political parties continue to react to the release of the Marikana Report this week, Congress of the People (Cope) says President Jacob Zuma and his administration must take full responsibility for all the lives lost in the massacre.

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry found that deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa who was a Lonmin shareholder at the time was not behind the killings of 34 miners on 16 August 2012.

Ramaphosa had called for concomitant action to be taken during the labour unrest.

No findings were made against former mineral resources minister Susan Shabangu or then Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

The report largely laid the blame on National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega and then North West Police Commissioner Zukiswa Mbombo.

Cope's Dennis Bloem says Zuma and his government must account.

"We can't understand, it is not possible, it can never happen that the President of the country simply wash their hands and point fingers at others for what has happened at Marikana."

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