North West ANC to snub Marikana event

2013-08-16 07:38
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Mahikeng - The ANC in the North West will not attend a commemoration on Friday of the Marikana violence in which 44 people were killed.

"The commemoration is organised by an illegitimate team called 'Marikana Support Group' - a group which the African National Congress does not recognise," spokesperson Kenny Morolong said on Thursday evening.

The ANC would only participate in a commemoration organised by government, as agreed with families, Lonmin Platinum and labour unions.

Friday marks the first anniversary of the shootings at Lonmin's Marikana mine, near Rustenburg in the North West, when 34 striking mineworkers were killed as police fired on them while trying to disperse and disarm them.

Ten people, including two policemen and two security guards, were killed in strike-related violence the preceding week.

"The ANC finds it immoral and totally unacceptable that such a traumatic incident could be turned into a political playground by some political parties who seek to enhance their political ambitions and interests," Morolong said.

The National Union of Mineworkers on Thursday also signalled that it would not be attending the commemorations.

Spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said the decision was based on the fact that the events were organised by the Marikana Support Group, rather than deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe's office.

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