Marikana: Week of mourning ends

2012-08-27 09:02

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma on Sunday thanked South Africans for observing with dignity and respect the week of mourning for the 44 people who died in Marikana, and other South Africans who had died violently.

Zuma declared a week of mourning which ended on Sunday.

Flags have been flown at half mast at all stations inside the country and at missions around the world.

"The people of South Africa have given us strength in the manner in which they responded with dignity, calm and fortitude in the midst of pain, shock and disappointment at the tragic events in Marikana," he said.

"The killing of 10 people between the 10th and the 12th of August, and 34 people on the 16th of August, coupled with other violent murders around the country have caused enormous sorrow to all of us. The tragedies must unite us all behind a resolve to end violence of all forms in our society, including in protests and labour action. Our Constitution allows us to protest against anyone or any institution, but we must do so unarmed and peacefully," Zuma said.

Zuma also thanked South Africans for respecting the call of government not to apportion blame or point fingers as the facts about what really happened in Marikana from around the 10th to the 16th are yet to be established by the Farlam commission of inquiry into the Marikana tragedy.

"Our people have respected our call. Apportioning blame without facts can only serve to worsen the situation," he said.

The president urged all affected parties to co-operate with the Farlam Commission.

  • tebo.go.5 - 2012-08-27 09:07

    This co-operation alone should indicate that the people want nothing but peace, its only when people to get what was promised that they turn violent. Great initiative by the government though.

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-08-27 10:45

      I only mourn the rabbit, these miners got what they deserved.

      bernpm - 2012-08-27 13:59

      "Zuma also thanked South Africans for respecting the call of government not to apportion blame or...." Why blame anyone......this has become a regular happening, this time just a few more casualties than other times. Somebody might just point at the Government!!

  • prieurp34 - 2012-08-27 09:16

    34,36,44....Government can't even get the figures right, do they even know how many died? Never the less, my comment is as follow, do take the time to read it please! Its the same story all over again since the days of Aurora Mine! Who will benefit at the end of the day? Nationalising of mines is not the way forward, its a scapegoat for self enrichment, and that is the Focus set out by the ANCYL, especially Julias Malema, alas at the end of the day those mines that were nationalised, will be sold for scrap metal because of selfish individuals and then, what then? What will happen to those mine workers? Will the ANCYL feed their hungry children till such time they get other jobs? I don't think so, they will be abandoned such as the Aurora miners! There are other ways of solving the problem! For one, government can access the nett profit made by the mines, then determine the depts the mines have to settle, and after management and workers got paid, determine what is left over and either divide those monies between the miners as bonuses or add it to their salaries! Now that makes sense to me! This self enrichment scheme set by Julias is not the way forward! There are other ways, I don't say my suggestion is the only way, but its a start!

  • susan.paul.330 - 2012-08-27 10:17

    Dear Mr Prsident,Apart from your condolences, what else have you offered these families, lets not talk about giving them tax payers money, how much of your own money are you willing to give up, to prove that you are worthy of your people and this country???

  • dolf.claassen - 2012-08-27 10:18

    And what about the all the murders and the murders with the crime and everything,when is there mourning for those people,why not help all those that have been affected by crime,huh showerhead,stupid imbecile!!!

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-27 14:32

    I'm sorry, I did not acknowledge this call to mourning. Firstly I don't agree with it on principle, and secondly I have no respect for Zuma since he has no respect for me, and finally, he will not dictate to me and tell me what to do. I acknowledge the incident as a terrible tragedy and loss of life, but I also qualify that by saying if you're brave enough to launch a 3000 strong armed attack against a few hundred police officers then you must be brave enough to face the consequences without any special week of mourning.

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