By Kenneth Mokgatlhe
Exactly nine years after the senseless massacre in Marikana, the families of the victims have not been compensated while the perpetrators got away with it.
Cyril Ramaphosa, Susan Shabangu and Nathi Mthethwa should be among those charged and prosecuted for their role in the deaths of 34 miners who demanded better wages and better working conditions.
The democratic dispensation issued by the ANC in 1994 made a decision to demilitarize the police force which was known for its brutality. Instead, the SAPS has been remilitarized, making it unreliable.
In the case of Marikana, the political and financial influence within the police was very visible. Ramaphosa was a member of the board of directors of London Mines (Lonmin) when the Marikana massacre took place in 2012; he has not explained his role so far.
Ramaphosa had lobbied the government before the massacre as he “called on” the government to take “concomitant actions” and “act quickly” against minors who engaged in industrial action.
There are commentators, journalists or opinion makers who want to tell us that Ramaphosa is better than Jacob Zuma when everyone is the same.
Zuma was elected by the ANC to the highest office when there were allegations of corruption against him.
Cyril Ramaphosa was directly involved in the massacre of 34 innocent minors in Marikana about nine years ago; he was vice president during the period in which our state was reportedly captured by the controversial Gupta family.
Ramaphosa didn’t stop there, he sought a court order to seal his bank details regarding his presidential campaign. We now know that Ramaphosa is not as transparent as he claimed. As we sit here, we don’t know who might capture our state as Ramaphosa refuses to let us know who “invested” in his tenure.
Our political system does not allow voters to vote for their favorite head of state, we are only allowed to vote for political parties. People cannot be blamed for voting for the ANC, the ANC should be blamed for electing delinquents as party leaders.
Ramaphosa has been the vice president and president of this country for over seven years; he had not helped implement the recommendations of the Farlam Commission on the Marikana massacre.
Ramaphosa once joked about going to visit Marikana at the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s birthday party, but that did not happen.
Speaking as if they were powerless and helpless, the ANC issued a statement calling on the government to help affected families. “We reiterate our call on the government to act swiftly in implementing programs that will help alleviate the plight of affected families and ensure that the conditions that led to this tragedy are addressed,” we said. read.
If the EFF was able to shell out R 1 million, then why would it be difficult for the party that runs the affairs of state? Who is responsible for the inventory? The ANC is not helpless. They often present themselves as victims; they should shape the appearance of the company. It is clear that there is no political will to help the widows and other victims of the Marikana massacre because they desperately want people to be able to forget what happened on August 16, 2012.
Kenneth Mokgatlhe is a freelance writer, political and social commentator.