Presidency: Zuma did visit shooting scene

2012-08-23 14:11

Johannesburg - The presidency on Thursday disputed reports that President Jacob Zuma skipped the scene of the Marikana shooting when visiting mineworkers.

"The president, before meeting the workers and hearing their side of the story... stopped at the scene to see where the shootings happened," said spokesperson Mac Maharaj.

Zuma then went to speak to the workers to obtain a first-hand account of what happened.

Zuma visited Wonderkop on Wednesday afternoon to listen to striking workers at Lonmin's Marikana mine in the North West.

Hundreds of mineworkers converged on top of the hill at about 14:30 on Wednesday, expecting Zuma to visit the scene of the shooting. His convoy drove past and did not stop, a Sapa journalist on the scene reported.

Police opened fire on miners who converged on the hilltop last Thursday. At least 34 people were killed and 78 wounded.

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

  • johnny.coetzee.3 - 2012-08-23 14:19

    Ai Zuma, just cannot do it right heh !!

      herman.heil - 2012-08-23 14:20

      Yip, he went there on the wrong day and the wrong time......

      johnny.coetzee.3 - 2012-08-23 14:26

      ... and oh yes, before I forget... maparaya.mokopane is a TROLL.

  • tebza.ngoatoana - 2012-08-23 14:20

    So what? It doesnt change anything!!!

  • Brad.Kopping - 2012-08-23 14:23

    and...? SO WHAT??

  • richard.zanner - 2012-08-23 14:24

    Nice picture of Zuma. Someone holding an umbrella over his empty head.

  • johana.salivan - 2012-08-23 14:27

    So? What is the point of this article?

  • netswera.livhuwani - 2012-08-23 14:28

    he did or he did not what change will that make?

  • Morgy - 2012-08-23 14:29

    So what?is he gonna bring back da live of fellow citizen?wether visit or no visit,nthng gona change

  • bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-08-23 14:34

    Very bad journalism trying to incite more violence and hate, "Police opened fire on miners who converged on the hilltop last Thursday" how about the site where striking miners armed with guns and Pangas attacked police, these same miners hacked two police officers to death two days earlier, tell it how it actually happened, the police retaliated with live ammunition resulting in the death of 30 miners, fortunately no police were injured in this latest attack by the miners.

      lynnethbs - 2012-08-23 15:31

      you would have attended the meeting yesterday at University of Johannesburg where the miners and union came,then lets see if you would still talk this way.have u heard the side of miners or residents of marikana on what really happen?

      Sylvester.Mohloli - 2012-08-23 15:36

      Lynn, i want to know what really happend, me thinks the videos are fake hey?............NOT

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-08-23 15:56

      Lynne, I am not interested in what the miners or their Union leaders have to say, as Sylvester stated, unless the video footage is fake and the mob did not actually kill, by hacking to death, two police officers trying to keep the peace, then they are guilty as charged, you can't go through life demanding and disregarding law and order just because you think something is unfair, the murdered policemen did not choose their destiny the armed mob that charged police did, I just hope future striking workers at least learn from this wasteful loss of life.

  • JHLR73 - 2012-08-23 14:37

    So what difference does it make if he visisted the scene or not?? Will it make it any better or anymore accepted?? It is no use for him visiting the scene even if he did. It will not make a difference to what happened!!!!

  • loo.steyn - 2012-08-23 14:37

    Why should one visit the scene ??? Purpose ???

  • tsndou - 2012-08-23 16:08

    So, who are you trying to impress. People have lost their lives Broer, simple as that.

  • allan.whitton1 - 2012-08-23 18:59

    Why did Zuma not sing his machinegun song that usually goes down well with his supporters, (maybe not this time), but he has never really been known for tact when he speaks.

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