Marikana marchers hand over memo

2013-09-12 16:45
Julius Malema (Picture: Sapa)

Julius Malema (Picture: Sapa)

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Pretoria - Protesters handed over a memorandum to the presidency in Pretoria on Thursday, demanding legal funding for miners wounded and arrested at Marikana.

Directors in the presidency, Sifiso Mkhize and Shimi Mashweu, received the memorandum at the Union Buildings.

The marchers were unhappy that President Jacob Zuma was not available to receive the memorandum.

March convenor Bishop Joe Seoka said they would not rest until they secured state funding.

"If the government does not do anything about the workers' plea for state funding, they will embark on a mission to put pressure on the government... that will be revealed over the weekend," said Seoka.

The march was organised by Citizens4Marikana, a group of ordinary South Africans who came together through social media on the first anniversary of the Marikana shootings.

It wanted to appeal directly to Zuma for legal funding in its quest to get to the truth about what happened at Marikana.

The wounded and arrested miners' counsel Dali Mpofu recently provisionally withdrew from the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of 44 people in strike-related unrest at Marikana, North West last August, because of a lack of funding.

He applied for the commission's hearings to be postponed while he sought funding, but chairperson, retired Judge Ian Farlam, ruled on Monday that it would not be prejudicial to his clients to continue the hearings in his absence.

Among the politicians at the march on Thursday was Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema, who was welcomed with revolutionary songs.

Malema, who wore a brown Steve Biko T-shirt, was at the forefront of the march.

DA spokesperson Mmusi Maimane also took part in the march. He said political party affiliation did not matter.

"What matters is that South Africans came together to sing in one voice."

IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi and chairperson of the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) Wayne Duvenage were also among the marchers.

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