No plan for Cyril Ramaphosa to visit Marikana

The office of deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa says there was no plan for him to visit Marikana as part of the anniversary of the commemoration event after reports by Amcu that he is not welcome. Since that fateful morning on that koppie in Marikana in the North West, an enduring suspicion has remained that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa had a hand in the killings.

“The tree of liberty is watered by the blood of the martyrs so we can’t say it was in vain because today, in South Africa, we are not liberated,” Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa said.

The statement released by Cyril Ramaphosa’s office read as follows:

“The office of the deputy president wishes to correct several media reports relating to events marking the fifth anniversary of the tragedy at Marikana.

“Reports to the effect that Ramaphosa has indicated his intention to visit Marikana on the anniversary are incorrect.

“He is committed to being part of the initiative proposed by Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

“The feelings and wishes of the Marikana community and the families of the victims are of paramount importance in this sensitive process.”


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