Ramaphosa, Mthethwa cleared in Marikana report

2015-06-25 19:32
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Johannesburg - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa cannot be held accountable for the deaths of the 34 Marikana miners, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.

Individual strikers encouraged the violence during their strike at Lonmin’s platinum mine in Marikana in August 2012, he read from a summary of the Farlam Commission of Inquiry’s report.  

“The commission has found it cannot be said that Mr Ramaphosa was the cause of the massacre and that the accusations against him are groundless.”

Lawyers at the inquiry had alleged that Mthethwa was the cause of the 34 deaths in August 2012 and had to be held accountable.

“The commission found that the executive played no role in the decision of the police to implement the tactical option of the 16 of August 2012,” Zuma read.

“Loose groupings” of strikers had, however, fuelled the conflict.

They “promoted a situation of conflict and confrontation which gave rise, directly and indirectly, to the deaths of Lonmin security guards and non-striking workers and endangered the lives of the non-striking workers who were injured".

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