Cyril never cared about mine workers when they were alive – Floyd

2012-08-25 11:26

Before he delivered his final verdict as chairperson of the ANC national disciplinary committee, a brutally frank piece I wrote was published in various newspapers and on new media platforms about Cyril Ramaphosa.

The decision to do so was informed by my strong conviction that the truth had to be told before the judgment because some narrow-minded individuals would think that I was doing so because of my bitterness, had the article been published post-verdict.

Almost all my colleagues and comrades advised against publishing the truthful perspectives about Ramaphosa under my name but I did not agree with them because I am not scared of being associated with the truth.

I am inspired by Amilcar Cabral’s clarion call to tell the truth at all times and not claim easy victories.

After the brutal, insensitive and unjustifiable murder of mine workers in Marikana, people should begin to realise what a sellout Ramaphosa is.

As a former leader of mine workers, who unfortunately never worked in any mine, he should understand the conditions workers work under and the terrible treatment they are subjected to.

Because he is in a position of authority in a predominantly white British company called Lonmin and other mining corporations where he is director, and as a former trade unionist and currently leader of the ANC, he is better placed to advocate for workers’ interests and aspirations than all the workers combined.

Not so long ago, Cyril Ramaphosa was an advocate of workers’ interests but, even before 20 years had passed, he is diametrically opposed, neglecting workers’ interests.

After the Marikana massacre, Ramaphosa decided to contribute R2 million for the burial of mineworkers who were killed by the South African government.

He never cared about them when they were alive and does not care about those who are alive today.

He has instead become part of the decision that threatened workers to go back to work or face dismissal, because he was losing profits.

Just recently, Ramaphosa placed a bid to buy a wild animal that cost R18 million.

Such an amount of money can build hundreds of houses for mine workers in Marikana or send many kids to school.

How on earth can a comrade, a respected individual, consider buying a wild animal for such an amount while so many people in South Africa live in unbearable conditions and die because of poverty and starvation?

Perhaps the only thing Ramaphosa did correctly was to endorse Jacob Zuma’s instruction to get some of us suspended from the ANC, because it would be so sad and painful to be associated with an ANC that kills its own citizens, justifies the killing and does nothing about greed and crass materialism.

» City Press will afford Ramaphosa right of reply

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