Zuma announces Lonmin inquiry

2012-08-17 17:43

President Jacob Zuma says a commission of inquiry will be established to investigate the circumstances that led to the killing of 34 miners in Marikana yesterday.

“The inquiry will enable us to get to the real cause of the incident, and to derive the necessary lessons,” Zuma said during a media briefing at the Lonmin conference centre in Mooinooi, near Rustenburg, earlier tonight.

He said this was not the time to apportion blame on anyone but to rather mourn as a nation.

“We assure the South African people in particular, that we remain fully committed to ensuring that this country remains a peaceful, stable, productive and thriving nation that is focused on improving the quality of life of all, especially the poor and the working class,” he said.

Zuma was flanked by North West Premier Thandi Modise, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu.

Zuma was attending a SADC summit in Mozambique when the incident happened. He said he had been “saddened and dismayed by the events of the past few days and hours around the Marikana mine”.

Zuma said the “loss of life among workers and members of our police service is tragic and regrettable”.

After Zuma’s address, the president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), Joseph Mathunjwa, told eNews his union would ask for an investigation “independent of government”.

Amcu and the Cosatu-alligned National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) are the two unions that represent Lonmin’s miners.

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