Parliament to debate Lonmin shooting

2012-08-20 16:28

Cape Town - Parliament will convene a National Assembly sitting on Tuesday to discuss the Lonmin mine shooting, African National Congress chief whip Mathole Motshekga said.

He said on Monday he had called an urgent multi-party chief whip forum to discuss the matter.

"It is indeed deeply saddening that people should lose their lives in such a gruesome manner."

MPs, accompanied by church leaders, would hold a memorial service at noon before the National Assembly debate.

"We commend the president's decision to declare a week of mourning starting today, and the flying of our national flags at half-mast," Motshekga said.

Thirty-four miners were killed on Thursday, with 78 injured.

  • Desilusionada - 2012-08-20 19:19

    They want to discuss the matter? To do what? Pray tell how the Ministers of Water Affairs, Women & Children, War Veterans, Exterior and Home Affairs, Tourism, Transport, Agriculture, Correctional Services, Public Works, Science & Tech, Sport & Recreation, Health et al, will add value to a discussion on how the miners were promised a load of bull, which they swallowed, resulting in them and the Police exchanging fire. Why then do it half heartedly? Why not a full-blown 5 day Legotla somewhere in the bush with Moet, Caviar, the odd bottle Blue or Black? Please carry on, we the taxpayer have deep pockets... Why not a "Marikana restitution" tax, while you are busy? Oh, and you will of course listen carefully and without prejudice should any of the Opposition Parties have something to say, won't you? And while all of this were going on more than 200? people were murdered or died on our roads.........

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