Ramaphosa 'not wanted' at Marikana commemoration

Cyril Ramaphosa has been heavily criticised for calling on police to take 'concomitant action' against the protesters.

FILE: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) President Joseph Mathunjwa says those who lost their loved ones in the Marikana massacre do not want deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa to be part of next week's commemoration event.

Wednesday will mark exactly five years since the mass shooting at Lonmin Platinum Mine, where 34 striking miners were gunned down by police.

Ramaphosa has been heavily criticised for calling on police to take “concomitant action” against the protesters.

Mathunjwa says he met with the Marikana widows on Wednesday and they did not mince their words.

“We don’t want Cyril Ramaphosa here. They said we must convey that he is not wanted.”

In 2012, after 10 people had been killed during violent protests in Marikana, Ramaphosa who was a Lonmin shareholder at the time, sent an e-mail to the Police Minister and others calling for concomitant action.

During the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, Ramaphosa explained that several people were killed and he, therefore, felt duty bound to try and help by communicating a message to the Police Minister.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)