Ramaphosa kingpin of Marikana massacre – Mpofu

2014-11-12 17:26

Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa was the “kingpin of the murderous scheme” that led to the deaths of 34 miners, the Marikana Commission of Inquiry has heard.

Advocate Dali Mpofu today spent the better half of his submissions arguing that Ramaphosa should be charged with murder because there was no way he could not have foreseen that his actions would lead to deaths.

“If you aren’t going to charge him with murder, don’t charge anyone else. Ramaphosa commissioned the crime. He started the whole chain. Remember that Mbombo said that the situation had to be handled because that is what he wanted,” he said.

Mpofu elaborated on the history Ramaphosa has with strikes and the mining labour environment. He added that the despite the fact that the deputy president was the general secretary of NUM, he had also led the 1992 Bisho uprising where the army opened fire on thousands of people leaving 29 people dead.

“He knows that if you bring an army into a situation like that, that will almost lead to certain death. Here is someone armed with all this knowledge who goes along saying that this thing may only be resolved by the army. An army is a machine that kills people. The army was not called to come and hug the miners. You can’t say that you did not foresee the loss of life,” said Mpofu.

Mpofu continued saying that Ramaphosa had conceded during his testimony that he knew that the situation was volatile and there was a standoff between the police and the strikers.

“The reality is that the decision was not taken on the 16th, this was a political decision. Mthethwa did not call the national commissioner and went to the provincial commissioner to delve into the operational area – that’s how high the political pressure was. Mthethwa’s was the conduit for the political pressure,” said Mpofu.

He argued that Ramaphosa pressuring the police and the minister of mineral resources was where the chain of pressure began.

“He’s a former trade unionist who knows the importance of negotiations. He was just in Lesotho trying to negotiate a deal. He did not say there “shoot each other first then we’ll negotiate”. He made it clear that the characterisation of the labour dispute should be changed and concomitant action should be taken. He did not want Lonmin to negotiate with the strikers,” said Mpofu.

He has recommended that the commission charge Ramaphosa with murder, perjury and corruption failing which, where applicable, the matters will be referred for international investigations.

Mpofu ended his recommendations saying:

“God forbid that if anything were to happen to Jacob Zuma, your (Judge Ian Farlam) report will go to Ramaphosa, then you would have the person accused as number one deciding who would be accused number one.”

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