Zuma ‘getting hourly updates about Lonmin’

2012-08-17 10:00

President Jacob Zuma is receiving hourly reports on the massacred of mineworkers at Lonmin’s Marikana mine while he is attending the opening ceremony of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit in Mozambique.

Based on these reports, he is planning on coming home during the course of today.

There is no need for the deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe to replace him as he will have finished his role at the summit by the time of his return.

Latest figures show more than 40 people have been killed in a shootout between the police and striking workers.

On his Twitter page, international relations and co-operations spokesperson Nelson Kgwete tweeted: “President Zuma to leave #SADCSummit and head back home.”

Zuma had earlier expressed shock at the violence that has claimed over 40 lives and called for a full investigation.

A source close to Zuma says the president sees the situation as “a very sensitive matter” and is paying close attention to it.

At the summit Zuma is due to hand over the chairpersonship of the SADC troika on peace, defence and security to Tanzania.

The opening ceremony of the summit was under way at noon on Friday and Zuma is due to hand over the reports on Zimbabwe, Madagascar and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the new incoming chair.

He will then leave the summit to tend to the situation at Marikana.

It is not clear whether he will visit the site or whether he will summit the parties to Pretoria.

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