‘Sangoma also to blame’

2012-08-22 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The sangoma who supplied muthi to mineworkers that made them believe they would be invisible and immortal must be called to account, said Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

In the parliamentary debate on the Marikana mine tragedy yesterday he agreed with ACDP leader Kenneth Meshoe, who said that while the families of ignorant, and now deceased, mineworkers are mourning the loss of loved ones, exploitative sangomas are wealthier today.

It was a strangely subdued parliamentary caucus of the ANC that tried to come to terms with the opposition’s criticism while clearly remaining loyal to their Cosatu partner, the mineworkers’ trade union NUM.

Minerals Minister Susan Shabangu blamed the trade union Amcu’s illegal strike for the problems.

She said the government will negotiate only with trade unions that can control their members properly — this after being accused throughout by opposition members of having fuelled the situation by her unwillingness to negotiate with anyone but the NUM.

Mthethwa, speaking in a very controlled manner despite the growing pressure on him to resign, said the tragedy could have been prevented if all those involved had followed the prescriptions of the Constitution.

He asked for people to refrain from trying to apportion blame, but for South Africans to work together with dignity to rise above the events, and for the soon-to-be-appointed judicial commission to be given a chance to do its work.

Meanwhile, the ministerial task team, of which he is a member, will visit the mortuary and help the mourning families with the issuing of death certificates and with funeral arrangements.

The paying out of death benefits to family members and the organising of the main national memorial service, which will be held in Marikana tomorrow, are also the task team’s responsibilities.

ANC chief whip Dr Mathole Motshekga emphasised the difficult conditions in which mineworkers work, and that once again it was black people in SA who had to bear the brunt of it. He asked for political attacks to stop during this time of mourning, and immediately proceeded to attack Dr Wilmot James of the DA.

The DA’s Lindiwe Mazibuko asked for the quality of the information on which the police’s action had been based to be examined, while FF-plus leader Dr Pieter Mulder said that while the police cannot be blamed, their training must be improved.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.