Cyril Ramaphosa to testify at Marikana commission

2014-08-11 08:40

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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will testify at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the Marikana shootings in Pretoria today.

Dali Mpofu, senior counsel for the mineworkers, said during the public hearings in July that Ramaphosa, a Lonmin shareholder, used former police minister Nathi Mthethwa to exert political pressure on the police to act against the protesting Marikana miners.

“You were the intermediary, the conduit, through which the pressure Mr Ramaphosa refers to was conveyed to the senior management of police and ultimately to the officers who killed people,” Mpofu said while cross-examining Mthethwa at the inquiry at the time.

The advocate read out an email penned by Ramaphosa, as a Lonmin shareholder, to fellow board members: “I have just had a discussion with Susan Shabangu [then minister of mining]. She agrees that [what] we are going through is not a labour dispute but a criminal act.

“She will correct her characterisation of what we are experiencing. She is going into Cabinet and will brief the president as well and get Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to act in a pointed way. Let us [apply] pressure on them to act correctly.”

The commission is investigating the deaths of 44 people during strike-related violence at Lonmin’s platinum mining operations at Marikana in August 2012.

Thirty-four people, mostly striking mineworkers, were shot dead in a clash with police. More than 70 people were wounded, and more than 250 arrested on August 16 2012. Police were apparently trying to disarm and disperse them.

In the preceding week, 10 people, including two police officers and two Lonmin security guards, were killed.

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