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The drama between Aocate Dali Mpofu and Cyril Ramaphosa took precedence on the Deputy President’s second day of testifying at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry. Mpofu wants Ramaphosa, who has become a symbol of the violent collusion between Lonmin, the state and police, charged with murder. GREG NICOLSON reports from the Commission and wonders whether the charges will stick.
“I deeply regret, deeply regret, the deaths of all the people who died in Marikana -”
“He killed them!” interrupted an activist.
“He’s a sell out this man,” yelled another.
“Capitalists are using him.”
“Buffalo head! R18 million buffalo! People are hungry in Venda! Bastard!”
While Ramaphosa was finishing his testimony at the Marikana Commission, he was once again interrupted by activists and mineworkers blaming him for the deaths in August 2012 at Lonmin. He has been vilified as a symbol of the state’s violence, and in a day of high drama as he was cross-examined, Dali Mpofu said he should be charged with murder.
Mpofu argued Ramaphosa was a key operator in Lonmin’s attempts to end the strike without hurting the mining giant financially. Lonmin didn’t want to engage the rock drill operators (RDOs) who embarked on a wildcat strike…
Source : Daily Maverick