Marikana 'cast member' statement a regrettable error - ANC

2015-11-25 12:06
Some of the miners in Marikana, including the man in the green blanket Mgcineni Noki.  (File, Leon Sadiki)

Some of the miners in Marikana, including the man in the green blanket Mgcineni Noki. (File, Leon Sadiki)

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Rehad Desai speaks about earning trust for Miners Shot Down documentary

2015-11-24 11:27

Filmmaker Rehad Desai speaks to News24 about earning the trust of miners in Marikana for the film Miners Shot Down.WATCH

Johannesburg - The ANC on Wednesday said congratulating the 'cast members' of the award-winning Miners Shot Down documentary was a regrettable error.

"The statement erroneously referred to the crew as the cast, singling them out for praise on their achievement," spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.

"Any harm that such an error caused is regretted. The error has since been corrected on ANC communication platforms."

The ruling party took flak for its statement on Tuesday which proved particularly unpopular on Twitter, with some asking whether the party was referring to the "deceased miners" as cast members.

This was after Miners Shot Down won the International Emmy Award for best documentary.

The film covers the 2012 Marikana shooting when mineworkers at Lonmin's platinum mine in the North West embarked on a wildcat strike for better wages.

Police opened fire on striking workers, killing 34 of them. Ten people were killed in the preceding week, including two police officers and two security guards.

Read more on:    anc  |  zizi kodwa  |  politics  |  marikana inquiry

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