‘The koppie in Marikana is a sacred place, not for political campaigning’

ANC presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was on Tuesday chased away from the site of the Marikana massacre.

FILE: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma at the ANC national policy conference at Nasrec on 30 June 2017. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) says the koppie in Marikana is a sacred space that cannot be used for political campaigning.

African National Congress (ANC) presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was on Tuesday chased away from the site of the Marikana massacre in the North West, where 34 miners were shot and killed by police in 2012.

It’s understood Dlamini-Zuma was planning to lay a wreath on the koppie. But a group of men, wearing Amcu T-shirts chased her away.

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane was also stopped from visiting the area ahead of the five-year commemoration event.

The union's leader Joseph Mathunjwa said: “I think the protocol was never followed and they made it clear according to the information we received. But they are not happy that this area should be used for a political campaign. This is a sacred place where their comrades died.”

Mathunjwa says Dlamini-Zuma was not stopped from visiting the Marikana site because she is from the ANC.

“This gathering is for the workers under Amcu, so every political leader must behave in the manner that suits the authenticity of the commemoration. It’s not because she’s ANC member. And political leader who wakes up in the morning and decides to not follow the right protocol to visit that site will be stopped.”