Khaya Sithole | Sibanye: 10 years after Marikana, history is not on Ramaphosa's side

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President Cyril Ramaphosa promised to deal with the Sibanye wage dispute. But history indicates that this should be regarded with some skepticism, writes Khaya Sithole. 

Ten years ago, one of the darkest chapters in South Africa's history unfolded in the mining fields of the North West province. Lonmin, a company that had failed to find a meeting of the minds with its workers on the issue of wages, became the battleground for the tragedy of Marikana. The company's ownership was a classical model of the post-apartheid economic construct. A big multinational firm had partnered with the political elites of modern-day South Africa in the ownership structure.

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