Marikana violence exposed flaws - Zuma

2012-12-16 14:28

Bloemfontein - The violence in Marikana exposed the country's flaws and inconsistencies, ANC president Jacob Zuma said on Sunday.

"At a political level, the Marikana tragedy exposed the organisational challenges we face both at the workplace and in the community," he said at the ANC's national conference in Mangaung.

"We need to avoid the danger of distance between leaders and members, both at the workplace and in the communities."

Opening the conference, Zuma said the Marikana shooting exposed the "deep-rooted culture" of violence and intimidation that still existed in society, and was a "springboard" for further strikes in the mining sector.

On 16 August, 34 miners were shot dead during a protest near the Lonmin mine in Marikana, North West.

The ANC met chief executives from mining companies to look at the living conditions of mine workers.

"These labour strikes were illegal, violent and appeared designed to undermine collective bargaining in general and the National Union of Mineworkers in particular," said Zuma.

"We should engage our people more, even on the question of unacceptable violence that accompanies some of the strikes."

  • ianon.ym - 2012-12-16 14:40

    Marikana was just a taste of what is still to come if there is no change in governing the country.

      edwin.morena.3 - 2012-12-16 14:59

      True that, ym.

      lownabester - 2012-12-16 15:10

      Who wrote his speeches???? He does not have the brains to do it himself, that double cab head is full of rubbish.

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-16 17:17

      Yip! "the unacceptable violence that accompanies some of the strikes" that Zuma said nothing about when it was all happening!!! Is he only waking up now or just reading what someone else has written for him so that he looks 'good' on paper? Zuma certainly does or says nothing about anything of consequence!!!!!

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-12-16 14:49

    If the "challenges were exposed," what are they?

  • joemarshe.push - 2012-12-16 14:51

    You are the flaw,Zuma.

  • charlesbronson.bronson - 2012-12-16 14:55

    you care exposed as the most corrupted in the country jz

  • mak.duda.7 - 2012-12-16 15:06

    Only now he speaks busy judging d strikers for doing practising their rights ai ai ai

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-12-16 15:16

    If only after Marikana it took to expose the country's flaws and inconsistencies to you, then you have had your eyes closed for the last few years Mr Zuma...!

  • paul.ranala - 2012-12-16 15:27

    Talk's cheap,especially when something doesn't affect you directly.

  • lwazi.sibiya.10 - 2012-12-16 15:28

    It's only now that you mention flaws because you want people to soften for your partner elect- Ramaphosa. You don't even understand why strikers were aggrieved. Come 2014, ANC will be cut to size

  • BlueFeather - 2012-12-16 15:44

    You think??

  • werner.pagels - 2012-12-16 18:23

    Zuma, shake your head, your eyes are stuck!!

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