Marikana: ‘Zuma just wants to see us in pain’

2015-06-25 19:52
Jacob Zuma. (GCIS)

Jacob Zuma. (GCIS)

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“This is what we wanted but not like this. I can’t think straight.” This was the sentiment of the widows of Marikana as they congregated at their living quarters at Lonmin. 

There was small talk here and there. At least six women had draped themselves in blankets waiting for the taxis that would take them to where their husbands died on August 16 2012. 

President Jacob Zuma said earlier today that he would make a public announcement on national TV and release the highly anticipated Marikana report. 

But two weeks ago, his lawyers had verbally agreed to give at least 48 hours notice before releasing the report. 

The widows were reeling as apprehension, fear and finality set in. “Why does he need to do this like this? He just wants to see us in pain and anguish. What kind of president is this?” said one of the widows. 

“I’m leaving to fetch my son from the Eastern Cape. A part of me is relieved that I’ll be on the road, but another is sick to my stomach. When I heard the news, my knees gave way. I was hot and cold,” said one of the widows, Nandipha Yona. 

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