Koppie of death at Marikana ‘should be monument’

2012-11-23 09:47

Anglican Bishop Jo Seoka has asked the Marikana Commission of Inquiry that the koppie where 34 people lost their lives on August 16 be declared a monument.

He said this should be done as a gesture for healing the memories of the many lives that were lost there.

In a moving gesture, Seoka also asked the commission to observe a moment of silence in honour of all those who died during the violent Lonmin strike in August.

Earlier, referring to the reported killing of two miners in Carletonville yesterday, Seoka lamented the fact that people seemed to have lost respect for property and human life.

“I hope this tradegy of Marikana helps us to seek long term solutions to make our country a better place for all,” Seoka said.

He was called to testify before the commission as a witness to Advocate Dali Mpofu who is representing the more than 300 people who were arrested and injured when police opened fire on the striking miners on August 16.

Seoka, made headlines two weeks ago when he told the commission he did not trust any police officers in South Africa.

In his cross examination yesterday and this morning, he refused to withdraw the statement, saying instead, not all police officers were not to be trusted and that he regretted the loss of every life, including that of the two policemen who had died during the strike.

Seoka has maintained that the bloodbath of August 16 could have been averted if he had been allowed to go back to the koppie to address the miners, and if Lonmin management had heeded his request to meet the miners.

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