Presidency: Zuma did visit shooting scene

2012-08-23 14:11
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Zuma visits Lonmin miners

President Jacob Zuma addressed striking Marikana miners at Lonmin's platinum mine in the North West on Wednesday following the shooting of 34 people last Thursday. See all the pictures.

Johannesburg - The presidency on Thursday disputed reports that President Jacob Zuma skipped the scene of the Marikana shooting when visiting mineworkers.

"The president, before meeting the workers and hearing their side of the story... stopped at the scene to see where the shootings happened," said spokesperson Mac Maharaj.

Zuma then went to speak to the workers to obtain a first-hand account of what happened.

Zuma visited Wonderkop on Wednesday afternoon to listen to striking workers at Lonmin's Marikana mine in the North West.

Hundreds of mineworkers converged on top of the hill at about 14:30 on Wednesday, expecting Zuma to visit the scene of the shooting. His convoy drove past and did not stop, a Sapa journalist on the scene reported.

Police opened fire on miners who converged on the hilltop last Thursday. At least 34 people were killed and 78 wounded.

In the week leading up to the shooting, 10 people - including two police officers and two security guards - were killed.
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