Marikana: Week of mourning ends

2012-08-27 09:02
President Jacob Zuma.

President Jacob Zuma.

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma on Sunday thanked South Africans for observing with dignity and respect the week of mourning for the 44 people who died in Marikana, and other South Africans who had died violently.

Zuma declared a week of mourning which ended on Sunday.

Flags have been flown at half mast at all stations inside the country and at missions around the world.

"The people of South Africa have given us strength in the manner in which they responded with dignity, calm and fortitude in the midst of pain, shock and disappointment at the tragic events in Marikana," he said.

"The killing of 10 people between the 10th and the 12th of August, and 34 people on the 16th of August, coupled with other violent murders around the country have caused enormous sorrow to all of us. The tragedies must unite us all behind a resolve to end violence of all forms in our society, including in protests and labour action. Our Constitution allows us to protest against anyone or any institution, but we must do so unarmed and peacefully," Zuma said.

Zuma also thanked South Africans for respecting the call of government not to apportion blame or point fingers as the facts about what really happened in Marikana from around the 10th to the 16th are yet to be established by the Farlam commission of inquiry into the Marikana tragedy.

"Our people have respected our call. Apportioning blame without facts can only serve to worsen the situation," he said.

The president urged all affected parties to co-operate with the Farlam Commission.

- SAPA

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