The ANC North West announced on Thursday evening it would not be participating in the commemoration of the Marikana massacre. The snub followed a "firm decision" by the NUM to reject an invitation to address the Marikana community. Both were both angered by rivals EFF and AMCU. But, in reality, Marikana doesn't want them there anyway.
It might seem odd that no one from provincial ANC will attend the commemoration for South Africa's biggest massacre in the democratic era, but last night, ANC North West sent a press release announcing it would not attend. The party said it does not recognise the Marikana Support Group, which has been a part of organising the memorial, which it called "illegitimate".
"The ANC finds it immoral and totally unacceptable that such a traumatic incident could be turning into a political play ground by some political parties who seeks to enhance their political ambitions and interests. We are equally astonished by the permission granted by Lonmin Platinum Mine to this illegitimate structure," said Kenny Morolong, ANC North West spokesman.
President Jacob Zuma will not be attending because he will be on the way to the SADC summit in...