Government failed Marikana - Lekota

Rustenburg - Government has failed the people of Marikana, Congress of the People (Cope) leader Mosiuoa Lekota said on Saturday.

"I am disappointed the government failed our people. We know who were the commanders of the police on 16 August 2012," he said, referring to the day when police opened fire on striking mineworkers, killing 34 of them.

Ten others including two policemen and two Lonmin security guards were killed in the preceding week.

"It is known who were the commanders and who issued guns to the police," he said.

Lekota said government officials should have called the police commander and found out instead of establishing a commission.

"The money should have been used to build houses and reconstruct their lives.

"Lonmin should have engaged with government on how to improve the salary of these workers."

He said the living conditions of mineworkers had deteriorated in the last two years.

"It is worse."

Lekota was speaking on the side-lines of the commemoration rally in Wonderkop, outside Rustenburg in the North West which marked the second anniversary of the Marikana shooting.

"Why did the government shoot the people?" he asked.

"If it was the apartheid government we can understand but this a government elected by the people.

"This is not the freedom we want to exile for. This is a completely different government. It responded by force when the people made demands."

Lekota said South Africans should reflect on the leadership of the country.

Ed Jacobs 2014-08-16 05:31:09 PM
Zuma failed us and Marikana, no sign of leadership from the government HE supposed to lead?
Made-In SA 2014-08-16 05:31:25 PM
The king has no clothes on.By king I mean the president.
Made-In SA 2014-08-16 05:35:24 PM
The point regarding how much the Farlam commission is costing the country must be raised.It must be millions upon millions ,with no end in sight.Mpofu is dragging it out,both for political gain and monetary gain.The money could have been better spend.
John Greystoke 2014-08-16 05:39:17 PM
Lekota is looking for something to say. The people of Marikane failed themselves. The strikers failed themselves. Don't look for blame elsewhere! Take responsibility!
Trevor Theron 2014-08-16 05:41:20 PM
....and South Africa
Eric Fana Moloi 2014-08-16 05:48:32 PM
This is pure hypocrisy on the side of Lekota,if he was still a member of the ruling party,his comment would be different,cheap political point
Jan Spamer 2014-08-16 05:55:27 PM
Lekota keep your mouth shut if you cannot talk sense.
Francis Maisha Sebola 2014-08-16 06:02:50 PM
Opposition parties are using the marikana massacre to score political points agaist the ruling party
Chris Kekana 2014-08-16 06:18:18 PM
You so right Mr Hat eater but you as well Lekota you failed cope & people of SA. Could you have kept unity in your organization we would not be stacked with this government anymore. Hope this term you'll work very hard to get COPE back on its feet.
Jacob Ngwenya 2014-08-16 06:18:50 PM
They are mad man! !!