SA not returning to an apartheid-like system, says Zuma

2012-11-01 13:01

People should not be pushed into thinking that South Africa was returning to an apartheid-like system following the Marikana shootings, President Jacob Zuma has said.

Speaking at the official opening of the National House of Traditional Leaders in Parliament today, Zuma said incidents like Marikana were a daily occurrence before the democratic dispensation.

“People were being killed left, right and centre,” he said.

Referring to the Farlam commission of inquiry into the shootings, Zuma said the country was in the process of discovering the truth about what happened during the August police shooting in which 34 people died and 78 were wounded.

“Wherever it will point, we must know what happened. There was nothing of that nature during apartheid... if anything, there would have been a huge cover-up during apartheid times.

“South Africa is a democratic country, not an apartheid country, and one incident cannot mean our system is a system that is killing people,” he said.

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