13 June 2017

South Africa: Marikana - Unmasking Ramaphosa's Rhetoric, Narrow Apology and Lies

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Clearly, the working class community of Wonderkop has been, and continues to be, invisible to the ANC government, before and after the Marikana massacre.

'These mines do not treat us as human beings. They only recognise us when we are digging the platinum. When the platinum has been excavated and made available for sale in the market, the people who produced it are treated like dogs. They receive nothing but the change after the managers have eaten the large chunks of profits. - a member of Sikhala Sonke.

This year will mark five years after the tragic killings of mineworkers by police carrying out orders from government, some of whose members had economic interests in Lonmin. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa undoubtedly played a role in orchestrating this heinous crime. Recently he apologised for the language he used when describing the 2012 mineworkers' strike. By limiting his apology to the language he used, he disingenuously separated the lived reality of the communities his actions had affected from the language he used. Clearly, the working class community of Wonderkop has been, and continues to be, invisible to the ANC government, before and after the massacre.

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