Cyril Ramaphosa's involvement in the decisions that led to police opening fire on striking mine workers in Marikana has, until now, been limited to snippets of email correspondence submitted to the Farlam Commission of Inquiry.
But the ANC deputy president's own explanation of his conversations with government ministers in the lead-up to the massacre reveals the real extent to which he used his access to power to rally support for Lonmin.
The Daily Maverick on Thursday revealed evidence of possible political interference into the policing of the Marikana miners' strike. More specifically, transcripts obtained by the Daily Maverick indicate that ANC Deputy President and Lonmin PLC non-executive director, Cyril Ramaphosa, had been pressuring the police minister to act against the striking workers in Marikana.
It has previously been revealed that Ramaphosa had specifically called for "concomitant action" to be taken against the striking workers at the platinum mine.
A transcript of a meeting that was held between the SAPS and Lonmin two days before the massacre specifically mentions Ramaphosa "pressuring" Police Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, proving that Ramaphosa's call for "concomitant action" was not an isolated act of political interference.
The office of the ANC Deputy President, Cyril...