No word from govt on Marikana commemoration

Johannesburg - It could not be confirmed on Friday whether any government officials would be attending the second anniversary of the Marikana shootings at the weekend.

Government spokesperson Phumla Williams said she was not aware of any government minister going to the North West town on Saturday.

At a mining lekgotla in Midrand on Wednesday, Minerals and Energy Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi said he would like to take part in the commemorations, if invited.

"We hoped Marikana never happened, but we acknowledge that it was a failure of all stakeholders," he told reporters on the side-lines of the lekgotla.

"I would be quite happy to be invited to Marikana and join in the commemoration."

Last year, government was absent from the one-year commemoration.

Organisers of the event could not immediately be reached on Friday to confirm the programme.

DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema were expected to address the commemorations.

The EFF said that, two years later, justice had still not been served for the fallen miners.

"Those responsible, from the police who obeyed murderous instructions up to the national police commissioner, Riah Phiyega, and the then Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa, still enjoy normal lives and remain in positions of power without any consequence, either in terms of suspensions, termination of employment and criminal charges," the party said in a statement.

The Cosatu said the underlying problems in the mining industry remained largely unchanged.

"That is why Cosatu's 11th Congress declaration called for a second independent commission of inquiry, parallel to the Farlam Commission, to review the underlying conditions in the mining industry as a whole," the trade union federation said.

The commission, chaired by retired Judge Ian Farlam, is investigating the deaths of 44 people during strike-related violence at Lonmin's platinum mining operations in Marikana in August 2012.

Thirty-four people, mostly striking mineworkers, were shot dead in a clash with police, over 70 were wounded, and over 250 arrested on 16 August 2012.

Saturday would be two years since the shooting.


Searcher SA 2014-08-15 08:03:51 PM
What now ?? Is this now a commemoration or celebration or some other reason to rampage and burn something.... FFS get over it.
formandzen 2014-08-15 08:06:05 PM
Why should we commemorate a bunch of thugs that chopped up security guards that were just doing their jobs? That weren't even armed, just guys at the gate. THOSE are who we should remember, not a bunch of animals that drank muti, thought they were invincible and stormed a group of policemen that were cornered. Next we'll be commemorating murderers and child rapists. Those at Lonmin came armed, murdered in cold blood, they made their choices, and suffered the consequences.
simon.selahla 2014-08-15 08:17:48 PM
Our taxes has been wasted enough on Marikana commission! Now Marikana commemoration for what!
Cornelius Molefe 2014-08-15 09:01:23 PM
clearly people who live large will never understand the living conditions of miners n will always view a picture with the corner missing ,that was a peaceful protest provoked by those who cared much for their own profit n tried to exert pressure to stop the strike I wish u all work there so that u can feel n understand
Tsotsibaby Kellogg's Corn Flakes 2014-08-15 09:07:28 PM
Not suprised, Cereal the bufallo Ramaphosa conspired with mine bossess and massacred the workers. Cereal is a serial killer that deserves to live the rest of his life in solitary confinement. He is white male in a black skin, let's not let him decieve us.
Malusi Siyabonga 2014-08-15 09:15:51 PM
These whites have big problem indeed
Tsotsibaby Kellogg's Corn Flakes 2014-08-15 09:19:14 PM
In a civilised society, Cereal the bufallo and the mining kingpins would be cooking in an electric chair for crimes against humanity.
Zilindile Gagule 2014-08-15 09:24:24 PM
We are not surprised about no word from government for attendance of Marikana comemoration,as they feel the pressure as they were number one in that tragedy at marikana and they"government"are selfish as Cyrl Ramaphosa did shift their blame to the Nation as a whole in Farlam commission.
Joe Black 2014-08-16 12:24:36 AM
One would sincerely hope that they want to commemorate the innocents who were murdered by the strikers. But this does not seem to be the case... Tragic that the story of those poor souls are lost in this hyper-politicized snafus.
Fikile Ndlovu 2014-08-16 02:32:16 AM
Let's watch the documentary on dstv channel 406 at 8am 16 Aug and then see what you'll say should you be prepared to know the truth.