Ramaphosa still blamed for Marikana shootings

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa remains at the centre of the Marikana tragedy with many community members blaming him for the bloodshed five years ago.

Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa remains at the centre of the Marikana tragedy with many community members blaming him for the bloodshed five years ago.

Ramaphosa, who was a Lonmin shareholder at the time, had called for concomitant action to end an unprotected strike in 2012.

In total, 44 people were killed, 34 of them were gunned down by police.

Ramaphosa, who is now in line to become the ANC’s next president, sent an email in 2012 calling for police action in Marikana and he's still being criticised despite explaining himself during a commission of inquiry.

“I felt like this needed the police to take appropriate action to arrest those involved in acts of criminality.”

Earlier this year, Ramaphosa apologised for the type of language he used at the time, but Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa says he's not wanted at a commemoration set for Wednesday.

Ramaphosa is, however, committed to visiting the Marikana widows, an initiative proposed by Winnie Madikizela Mandela.

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(Edited by Shimoney Regter)