Ramaphosa offers to testify over Marikana

2012-10-27 22:41
Cyril Ramaphosa has offered to testify at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry. (Sapa)

Cyril Ramaphosa has offered to testify at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry. (Sapa)

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Johannesburg - ANC heavyweight and businessman Cyril Ramaphosa has offered to testify at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry in Marikana.

"I have indicated to the commission that I would be available to provide testimony," Ramaphosa said in a short statement issued on Saturday evening.

"I believe there are a number of issues relevant to the deliberations of the inquiry on which I may be able to make a contribution."

Ramaphosa's role in the events leading up to the shooting of 34 striking Lonmin mineworkers on 16 August was discussed during the commission's hearings this week.

Advocate Dali Mpofu, representing the miners injured and arrested after the shooting, mentioned an e-mail in which Ramaphosa strongly condemned the protests, described them as criminal acts, and suggested "concomitant action".

Mpofu said there were e-mails sent between Lonmin management, government ministers and Ramaphosa.

The commission's brief is to investigate the shooting that left 34 miners dead when police tried to disperse them on 16 August. The workers, who wanted monthly salaries of R12 500, had been carrying knobkerries, pangas, sticks, and iron rods.

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