Ramaphosa: We are all responsible

2012-08-26 17:06

Johannesburg - Everyone involved in the build-up to the shooting in Lonmin's Marikana mine was responsible for the deaths of 34 mine workers, ANC national executive member Cyril Ramaphosa wrote in The Sunday Times.

"There are very few innocents in this tragic saga. Those who suffered the greatest loss - the wives, partners and children of those who died - bear the least responsibility for what happened," he said.

"For wherever we find ourselves we cannot escape the sense that, through our action or inaction, we bear some responsibility for the circumstances that made such a tragedy possible."

Ramaphosa said Lonmin [JSE:LON] management, its board and all of its stakeholders, the National Union of Mineworkers, the Association and Mineworkers and Construction Union, the police and the striking miners were all responsible for the shooting.

He said most mines were located in areas with poor infrastructure, weak governance and few basic services. This often led to the development of informal settlements.

"This points to a need for better development planning and greater co-operation between government and mining companies," he said.

"We need to think beyond the social and labour plans that mining companies develop. We must measure success not merely by regulatory compliance, but by the tangible differences we make in the lives of people in mining communities."

Former ANC Youth League president Julius Malema said last week that the miners were shot to protect Ramaphosa's shares in Lonmin.

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  • fussed.anderson - 2012-08-26 16:02

    You have had 7 days to think about what to say and do. The sap at the time had 3 seconds to react. To little to late to try and save your ass.

      gouws2 - 2012-08-26 17:30

      were not responsible, its that damn rabbit, who was clearly an agent of the apartheid regime and their racist agenda LOL

  • mmrwetyana - 2012-08-26 16:07

    There is no way that we are all responsible on this one They have the means and power to make changes to peoples lives and yet they are changing theirs only He is a disappointment for that statement This is not collective responsibility, it has everything to do with leadership responsibility and accountability Our government messed up big time Who the hell decided that armed police should go there They were not occupying anyones property or obstracting anyone

      king.rasta.583 - 2012-08-26 18:22

      thank u

  • fussed.anderson - 2012-08-26 16:07

    I see you are talking as a ANC national executive member Cyril Ramaphosa? Not as a dirctor and a holder of shares in Lonmin

  • dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-08-26 16:10

    Dear Cyril, NOWHERE in this article do I see you blame the biggest culprit - THE ANC !!! Too busy pocketing blood money to care !!!

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-08-26 16:13

    ...except for the police who were doing their job. Faced by madmen who took, in their own admission, a muti concoction to make them invincible in the face of 'enemy fire', the police had little option but to defend themselves in the most possible way. Maybe company bosses, like Ramaphosa, union leaders and our labour laws should share the blame.

  • makenawn - 2012-08-26 16:23

    Cyril you were silent when ten people were killed,what makes you to comment now boet,it is too late. The unions need to move away from this tradition of supporting the ruling party.This arrangement is the source of new unions all over.Cosatu need to be BOLD and tell the ruling party that "bon voyage" we are now concentrating on labour issues not politics. Not all members of unions support the ruling party

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-08-26 16:23

    How was the police responsible for the shooting? The usual spreading of the guilt and blame so it is so wide-spread and thinly applied that nobody takes or can be made to take responsibility. Some would call it collective responsibility. Even the medicine man may escape unscathed. It is like blaming everybody prior to WW2 for that war and including the soldiers who were really the most innocent of all. What kind of thinking is it? It is nonsense. We saw the visuals of what took place, and we know of the muti preparations and killings of the 10 including two police officers and two security officers. Is everybody also culpable for the deaths of the latters? Nobody in high office or position seem to have anything to say about who is responsible for the latters' murder. We also witnessed the vile attempts of the political parties to find that escape clause offered by the involvement of the police. Blame the foot soldiers! We, the general public, now know a lot more about the mentality among the politicians, even those under the DA umbrella.

  • michael.rampatla - 2012-08-26 16:24

    Derby lewis should have killed u and zuma, not Chris Hani u are a sell out, u sold the masses

  • marisa.cronje - 2012-08-26 16:25

    Black businessman and high-ranking ANC politician, Cyril Ramaphosa, apparently owns a contract to supply labour to the Lonmin mine at Marikana via his company Shanduka. “Ramaphosa and the NUM is practising a form of slave labour at the mine,” a source said at Marikana. “He is supplying labour at about R12 000 ($1500) per worker per month, but only pay his workers R4000 ($500) per month, thereby pocketing the difference. As a former NUM chief, he is able to control the union leaders and sees to it that he maintains this grotesque form of exploitation.”

  • ntshembovernon.ndlhozi - 2012-08-26 16:34

    Who ever said "shoot to kill" a few years back should be blamed!!!!

  • carl.lotter.3 - 2012-08-26 17:54

    In the Ramaphosa, Kasrils and Mojokweni articles we see talk of accord, turning point, watershed moment and all with reference primarily to the state. Do not put new wine into old wine bags: the new wine will cause the bags to crack and the new wine will be wasted. But new wine into new wine jars Revamp the cabinet and each department. In cabinet we should include a ministry for SMME and close the ministry for Economic development. In departments, throw out all DG’s deputy DG’s and Chief Directors that are not performing at a level of executive as required in the private sector. In the performance contract with each minister and DG there ought to be a requirement that the quality and quantity of Stakeholder Relations, Partnership and Reputational Status be measurable standards of performance. Related should be aspects of creating an “enabling environment”. If this is achieved individually and collectively, it will indicate the effectiveness of government from the highest levels downward. This will give Batho Pele proverbial teeth.

  • vytjie.mentor - 2012-08-26 18:19

    After how many days is he finally saying these empty words???

  • vytjie.mentor - 2012-08-26 18:19

    After how many days/ weeks is he saying these empty words?

  • mandisi.mrwebi - 2012-08-26 20:57

    please visit

  • krish.reddy.104 - 2012-08-26 22:17

    Oh come on Cyril I expected better from you, You should play a bigger role in Government instead of being a passive parasite. earning a huge salary for what. You let a little boy insult you and reply with an answer like this. Shame on you.

  • melvstone - 2012-08-28 23:07

    Nice words Mr. R but let's see some action on those points you mentioned. Everyone's watching and waiting to see if it's just a PR exercise or if you really mean what you say here :)

  • masello.motana - 2012-10-24 15:26

    shame on the sunday times for publishing such rubbish

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