Modise remembers Marikana

Johannesburg - North West Premier Thandi Modise remembered the Marikana tragedy in her Christmas message on Monday.

"We wish to convey our gratitude to church leaders under the auspices of the South African Council of Churches and traditional leaders for playing a significant role in facilitating mediation and supporting the negotiation process that ended in wage settlements and normalising of relations in the mining sector," she said.

The police shot dead 34 mineworkers on 16 August after they clashed during a wildcat strike at Lonmin Mine in Marikana.

"The challenges we faced in the past year not only served to make us acutely aware of the urgency with which we need to address unemployment, poverty and inequality but have strengthened our resolve to seek lasting solutions to the challenges facing us."

Modise said though there were still problems in some areas, strides had been made.

"We wish to thank those who supported our effort to intensify the fight against poverty, joblessness, homelessness, illiteracy, crime, greed and corruption and for believing that clean governance is achievable," she said.

"As we celebrate Christmas and recharge for the tasks that still lie ahead of us in the new year, we call on all of our people to remember that this season of peace, goodwill and sharing also presents us with an opportunity to expand our giving encompassing the lonely and needy. We should celebrate it by giving the light of hope and love to those who need them most, our orphans, widows and our elderly." 


Modise also urged the province to pray for former president Nelson Mandela.

"As we celebrate, let us remember in our prayers the father of our nation, former president Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela and those in hospital."

Mandela was said to be responding well to treatment as his stay in a Pretoria hospital extended into its third week.

He was originally flown to a hospital in Pretoria from his Eastern Cape home at Qunu on 8 December. He was diagnosed with a lung infection and also underwent gallstone surgery.

Mandela has a history of lung problems having suffered from tuberculosis towards the end of the 27 years he spent in prison. His current stay in hospital is his longest since he was freed over two decades ago.

Zuma paid a visit to Mandela on Saturday and again urged the nation to keep praying for the global icon. The presidency said Mandela would be spending Christmas Day in hospital.

lacrimosewolf 2012-12-24 11:28:22 PM
It's so typical of the blinkered thinking and the way the ANC wants the world to spin. First, TEN people were killed at Marikana. It took a WEEK before anyone, at any level of govt to say anything. Only after they hauled JZ back out of negotiations in Mozambique was any govt statement made. The minister of mineral affairs was "too busy" deporting 2 illegal mineworkers. The two Unions were too busy trying to make their points and brawling in the media. Had the First Ten been acknowledged and addressed, there never would have been a Marikana Crisis. This is more of the stable-door mentality the ANC is so very good at. Never around when there is a crisis, always pontificating and reminding after the fact as if they had no role in it at all but always eager to fan the flames to their own ends
Pierre De Villiers 2012-12-25 03:05:07 AM
The world is still looking for those resposible, be it the mining management or the police, to be held accountable.
Modikoe Elias Ramongana 2012-12-25 06:14:30 AM
So disappointed in Modise,u need to cover all the grass.Miners kill two police man
more.pido 2012-12-25 07:03:14 AM
mme thandi
Shane Prins 2012-12-25 11:12:14 AM
this buffoon didn't even pitch at Marikana, how can she remember it?
Andrew M 2012-12-25 12:07:23 PM
The continual rhetotric on unemployment does not create jobs.What have you done to alleviate this problem in your province? Inequalities are a major concern for all people in this country, but until such time as a proper and decent education system is in place this poverty will continue and grow. The government is responsible to ensure all young children attend school and have educators who are able to impart knowledge to these children to grow their minds so as to become competant citizens able to earn a good living and not be a burden living on the small grants handed out.
Tello Moleko 2012-12-25 07:23:26 PM
exhausted Modise also remembers criminals in general,how many people killed going to work,from work,raped,robbed from homes,hijacked?this are people need to be remembered from you,not those criminals