Zuma avoids scene of shooting

2012-08-22 15:30

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma visited Nkaneng in Wonderkop on Wednesday afternoon to listen to striking workers at the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana, North West.

Worker leader Xolani Nzuza briefed the president about events that ended in police shooting dead 34 people last Thursday, and wounding 78.

He told Zuma that the strikers wanted the mine to pay all workers R12 500 a month.

Zuma told the crowd that he had instituted a commission of inquiry to investigate the shooting.

It would then present him with a report that would enable him to know who was right and who was wrong.

The leaders requested Zuma to go and inspect the scene where the shooting happened.

When Zuma's convoy left, the group of workers followed his car anticipating that he would stop at a hill where the miners were shot, but his convoy just drove past.

It was not clear whether he would visit the scene later.

Hundreds of striking workers converged on top of the hill around 14:30, expecting Zuma to visit the scene of the shooting.

In the week leading up to the shooting, 10 people - including two police officers and two security guards - were killed.

The protests were believed to be linked to rivalry between the National Union of Mineworkers and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union over recognition agreements at the mine.

Workers also wanted higher wages.

Meanwhile, Zuma's scheduled engagements in the province were cancelled in the aftermath of the Lonmin events, the presidency said.

"All public engagements during this period of mourning have been cancelled," spokesperson Mac Maharaj said.

The department of agriculture said the visit, which was part of the Masibambisane rural development initiative, was postponed until further notice.

"The revised date will be communicated once finalised," it said.

Zuma's weekend schedule would have included overseeing various developmental projects in the province. These included upgrades to irrigation schemes, as well as livestock and other food security projects.

He was also scheduled to speak at the Taung Agricultural College on Sunday.

Masibambisane is a presidential-led initiative to ensure the implementation of agricultural and rural development projects in the country.

The project was also reportedly behind the R2bn "Zumaville" town project, to be built near Zuma's rural homestead in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.

  • jackal666.daniel - 2012-08-22 15:38

    A perfect example of exactly where his morals reside! BLOODY CROOK!

  • denis.delaport - 2012-08-22 15:42

    Yellow! also comes in Black

  • tw2066 - 2012-08-22 15:44

    Bet the masses vote for him and his party again! Stupidity knows no bounds. This dude is an insensitive piece of .....

  • thabob.zumagabe - 2012-08-22 15:48

    BANG GAT !!!! And with all that "protection" for our GANGSTA prez is too afraid to go there

      Willie - 2012-08-22 16:10

      And we were told that JZ is the man of the people

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-22 16:50

      thats what he wants his voters to believe yes

  • arm.witmens - 2012-08-22 15:51

    And still they vote for this idiot and his cadres.....

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-08-22 15:59

    Why must he stop at a piece of land where there has been blood spilled?? This whole land has blood on it!

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  • wikus.schalkwyk - 2012-08-22 16:06

    Well done Julius! I'm proud of you, sticking up for your fallen comrades!

  • wikus.schalkwyk - 2012-08-22 16:06

    they should get medical at least, for the rough work they do. shame man.

      wikus.schalkwyk - 2012-08-22 17:04

      Judge the actions, not the man.

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-22 16:10

    Is he going to visit the families of the 10 people that were brutally murdered by the strikers? Does anybody care for these people? Choosing the criminals side as usual - who would have guessed. And too scared to face the criminals that were killed during their rampage. Not exactly great leadership qualities. I see Malema has also shown he feels nothing for the murdered people, I guess there were less of them - so chooses the side where he can gain the most support, and ignore those who really deserve to be mourned. Those security guards had their jaws cut off while still alive - how can anyone with a heart feel any pity for the strikers that were shot, it absolutely amazes me. Choose the side of the devil - this is really really a terrible sign of the low point this country has reached due to a lack of able an honest leadership. Or are the people of our country just bad?

  • dave.gray.549221 - 2012-08-22 16:18

    He is doing to the country what he should be doing to his tribe of wives

  • rvbrink - 2012-08-22 16:31

    Condom Head. What else do you expect????

  • david.lebethe - 2012-08-22 17:02

    He probably avoided going there upon Num and SACP's advise. Afterall, it is only last week that president of both organisation had to flee and hide behind a police Caspir without any provocation from mineworkers.

  • gandanga.tororo - 2012-08-22 17:06

    JM 11 & JZ 0. JZ was forced by other politicians who visited before. That dude is tired, let me sit down. He has no interest for the people he should be saving. Tragedy of Tragedies

  • spookhuis - 2012-08-22 17:08

    And he also missed where the two policemen and guards lost their lives..... bloody coward.

  • natalie.ruivo - 2012-08-22 17:59

    Will he be visiting the policemen involved as well to hear their accounts of what happened?

  • eben.adlem - 2012-08-22 18:03

    1. What do you expect from SAPS when they recruit gangsters (see article "Student cops taught about guns - witness"). 2. What do you expect when SAPS send (untrained) members with weapons to defend you country and its citizens from amok? 3. What do you expect of Pres. Zuma when there has been a fall out between two powerful forces a) mineworkers – they have numbers b) SAPS - they have authority (up to the time of the incident) and GREATLY need to be respected i.e. shooting dead of SAPS members should be condemned and punished in the highest regard! 4. Let justice take its course, then mourn and pay respect to the innocent, however if you still need to then do it both parties the mineworkers and fallen SAPS members 5. The protest was not peaceful, the mineworkers where armed and SAPS protected themselves (and should have done so even if a gun was so much as raised without shooting) and secondly protected our laws and your right as law abiding citizen 6. Please realize what message is being sent now that SAPS is in question? Our country is telling the uneducated and foreigners that SAPS cannot be trusted. How would a criminal now respond to the SAPS when facing conviction? 7. Lastly my countrymen - If SAPS cannot be trusted then our beloved country South Africa is in deeper trouble than any of you may think

  • akasivila - 2012-08-23 13:58

    This is only the begining of what will be coming..brace up for more disturbances, and anarchy...and more killings. The Sa govt has no mecy at all.

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