NUM reflects on Marikana killings
The National Union of Mineworkers says it could have done more to resolve the Marikana labour dispute.
JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says it welcomes the findings of the Marikana report and has admitted that it could have done more to resolve the labour dispute.
In August 2012, 34 miners were gunned down by the police at Lonmin's Marikana mine during a labour protest.
Ten people were also killed in the days leading up to the shooting including a mineworker, strikers, two Lonmin security guards and two policemen.
An inquiry was established by the president to investigate if the police were justified in using lethal force.
The inquiry sat for 293 days and heard testimonies from 50 witnesses about the violence that broke out at the North West platinum mine.
NUM president Piet Matosa says the criticism around the union's conduct during and after the Marikana tragedy should serve as a lesson.
President Jacob Zuma released the findings of the Farlam Commission of Inquiry on Thursday evening.
On Friday at a NUM conference Matosa spoke out about the violence and intimidation which lead up to the killing of 34 mineworkers.
"Violence inflicts pain and hatred so we must desist to act violently in everything we do."
The union has also welcomed the commission's decision to clear Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa of any wrongdoing.
Matosa says Ramaphosa is not the only one who should be questioned.
"It's not correct to only focus on him as a director then because there are a number of directors who were running that company at that time and their role is not mentioned."
However, lawyers for the wounded and arrested miners will be seeking legal action against the deputy president to prove his involvement in the massacre. WATCH: Highlights of Marikana report.
WATCH: Highlights of Marikana report.
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says he's completely flabbergasted by the findings of the report.
"I am shocked and disappointed and to me it still feels like a nightmare and I still hope someone is going to wake me from this nightmare because I can't believe this is happening to the poorest of the poor."
Malema says his heart goes out to all of those who lost their loved ones during this tragedy.
"It's a sad day for our democracy and I can only imagine what the families of the deceased are going through now."
The EFF leader says his party will now have to make sure that those in power be held accountable for this incident.
"The EFF will have to come up with a strategy that will ensure the powerful ones are held responsible for the massacre."
He says Ramaphosa was at the heart of the tragedy and should be held accountable.
"I hold the strong view that Cyril must be prosecuted and we will ensure that he is brought to book because he was at the centre of the massacring of our people."