Modise remembers Marikana

2012-12-24 22:08

Johannesburg - North West Premier Thandi Modise remembered the Marikana tragedy in her Christmas message on Monday.

"We wish to convey our gratitude to church leaders under the auspices of the South African Council of Churches and traditional leaders for playing a significant role in facilitating mediation and supporting the negotiation process that ended in wage settlements and normalising of relations in the mining sector," she said.

The police shot dead 34 mineworkers on 16 August after they clashed during a wildcat strike at Lonmin Mine in Marikana.

"The challenges we faced in the past year not only served to make us acutely aware of the urgency with which we need to address unemployment, poverty and inequality but have strengthened our resolve to seek lasting solutions to the challenges facing us."

Modise said though there were still problems in some areas, strides had been made.

"We wish to thank those who supported our effort to intensify the fight against poverty, joblessness, homelessness, illiteracy, crime, greed and corruption and for believing that clean governance is achievable," she said.

"As we celebrate Christmas and recharge for the tasks that still lie ahead of us in the new year, we call on all of our people to remember that this season of peace, goodwill and sharing also presents us with an opportunity to expand our giving encompassing the lonely and needy. We should celebrate it by giving the light of hope and love to those who need them most, our orphans, widows and our elderly." 


Modise also urged the province to pray for former president Nelson Mandela.

"As we celebrate, let us remember in our prayers the father of our nation, former president Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela and those in hospital."

Mandela was said to be responding well to treatment as his stay in a Pretoria hospital extended into its third week.

He was originally flown to a hospital in Pretoria from his Eastern Cape home at Qunu on 8 December. He was diagnosed with a lung infection and also underwent gallstone surgery.

Mandela has a history of lung problems having suffered from tuberculosis towards the end of the 27 years he spent in prison. His current stay in hospital is his longest since he was freed over two decades ago.

Zuma paid a visit to Mandela on Saturday and again urged the nation to keep praying for the global icon. The presidency said Mandela would be spending Christmas Day in hospital.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-24 23:28

    It's so typical of the blinkered thinking and the way the ANC wants the world to spin. First, TEN people were killed at Marikana. It took a WEEK before anyone, at any level of govt to say anything. Only after they hauled JZ back out of negotiations in Mozambique was any govt statement made. The minister of mineral affairs was "too busy" deporting 2 illegal mineworkers. The two Unions were too busy trying to make their points and brawling in the media. Had the First Ten been acknowledged and addressed, there never would have been a Marikana Crisis. This is more of the stable-door mentality the ANC is so very good at. Never around when there is a crisis, always pontificating and reminding after the fact as if they had no role in it at all but always eager to fan the flames to their own ends

      Charles Frederik Robberts - 2012-12-25 05:22

      So true!

      J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-12-25 07:31

      Best comment I can recall reading here.

      mart.botha - 2012-12-25 09:21

      The ANC 'doth protest too much' about Marikana....guilty conscience because of another epic fail methinks ! GOVERNMENT should imply that there is a certain degree of governing going on.....but alas all we see at every turn is blurry focus in towards the organisation. The ANC is arguably dysfunctional, splintered, inept...and dare I say it...rather dim. They cannot 'run' their organisation at more than 35% efficiency, how on earth do the people of this country expect them to run the country successfully. Fairy tales, false promises, blame and lies are the main weapons in their arsenal....and the electorate are so colour blind that they will continue to vote towards a one party dictatorship in the false hope that 'magically' things will turn around. I would like to remind, particularly black South Africans, that genocide on a grand scale happened not more than 200km north west of the Beit Bridge border post. Ask yourself too, are all the indigenous language groups equally represented on the ANC executive and if not, at what point will your vote no longer matter and they turn on you and yours?? That my friends touches ever so suspiciously on the events of that time of Marikana !

  • pierre.devilliers.9231 - 2012-12-25 03:05

    The world is still looking for those resposible, be it the mining management or the police, to be held accountable.

      Bob - 2012-12-25 08:50

      Yeah we must never blame the savage miners who went on a violent,illegal strike on what happened...

  • Modikoe.Elias.Ramongana - 2012-12-25 06:14

    So disappointed in Modise,u need to cover all the grass.Miners kill two police man

      zuma.compound - 2012-12-25 22:10

      And two security guards and six fellow miners.

  • more.pido - 2012-12-25 07:03

    mme thandi

  • Shane Prins - 2012-12-25 11:12

    this buffoon didn't even pitch at Marikana, how can she remember it?

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-12-25 12:07

    The continual rhetotric on unemployment does not create jobs.What have you done to alleviate this problem in your province? Inequalities are a major concern for all people in this country, but until such time as a proper and decent education system is in place this poverty will continue and grow. The government is responsible to ensure all young children attend school and have educators who are able to impart knowledge to these children to grow their minds so as to become competant citizens able to earn a good living and not be a burden living on the small grants handed out.

  • Tello Moleko - 2012-12-25 19:23

    exhausted Modise also remembers criminals in general,how many people killed going to work,from work,raped,robbed from homes,hijacked?this are people need to be remembered from you,not those criminals

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