Marikana a repeat of Sharpeville - Maimane

By Drum Digital
21 March 2016

The Marikana shooting was a repeat of the Sharpeville massacre 52 years earlier, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said at a Human Rights Day event on Monday.

"We stand here because none of us ever thought that what we saw in Sharpeville would be repeated in Marikana, where the government we thought we democratically elected mowed down our own people," he told party supporters at the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Sharpeville.

On 16 August 2012, police shot dead 34 striking miners at Lonmin’s platinum mine in Marikana, North West.

On 21 March 1960, apartheid police killed 69 people who were protesting against the country’s pass laws outside the Sharpeville police station.

Flanked by DA Gauteng leader John Moodey, Vaal mayor Bongani Baloyi, and the party’s Gauteng mayoral candidate Herman Mashaba, Maimane was anointed by the pastor of the church. He went down on his knees as the pastor put his hands on him.

Maimane compared the ANC to Moses freeing the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Although the ANC had fought against apartheid, it had not, like Moses, managed to lead South Africa to the promised land.

Baloyi said the ANC had failed the nation. Its national executive committee had the opportunity to remove Zuma when it met this weekend, but failed to do so.

"They had the chance to change things,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Maimane and other DA officials took part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Sharpeville memorial site. Former deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe and other government officials were there as well.

Source: News24

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