The African National Congress regrets the callous remarks made by our ANC structure in the North West Province regarding their intention to not participate in activities to commemorate the Marikana tragedy. These remarks do not reflect the views of the African National Congress as a whole and are extremely unfortunate given the still very painful memory of the suffering of the victims, families and community of Marikana.
The ANC respects the right of anyone to organise and participate in any gathering that seeks to soothe and heal the wounds that were caused by the Marikana tragedy. No one should ever seek to determine and direct how people must mourn nor contest ownership of the right to mourn. The pain of the people of Marikana must never be turned into a popularity contest with all vying for attention and making a mockery of the real agony suffered by our people.
The National Deployees of the African National Congress will seek an urgent meeting with the North West Provincial Executive Committee of the ANC to correct them in their extremely unfortunate views on the activities commemorating the Marikana tragedy. We thus restate our earlier statement that our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and colleagues who lost loved ones and whose lives were altered forever as we mourn the 44 lives lost during the unrest in Marikana last year.