- The DA leader has accused the ANC government of insincerity in addressing the matter of the Marikana massacres
- The tragedy saw the death of 34 mine workers at the hands of the South African Police Services
-President Ramaphosa had pledged in a speech in February to "play whatever role" he could to "make good" on bringing closure to the tragedy of Marikana.
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On the eve of the Marikana massacre information obtained from a new research has shown that it was not true that the mine workers did not open fire at the police as initially suggested in the testimonies from members of the SAPS. The day arrives at a time when the leader of the DA has written to President Cyril Ramaphosa asking him to commemorate the loss of lives of those who were killed by declaring a memorial.
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Briefly.co.za learned that the call for the commemoration of Marikana Day comes after recommendations from Judge Ian Farlam's report into the Commission of Enquiry had been released. Judge Farlam recommended that; South Africa’s new leadership should erase the stain of the Marikana massacre six years ago by prosecuting the police commanders and those who pulled the triggers in the country’s worst post-apartheid killing.
The DA has accused the ANC of trying to buy closure into the incident after government released R100 million to victims of Marikana for general damages. The president of the DA Mmusi Maimane told the Citizen that the Ramaphosa administration wanted to sell itself as offering a “New Dawn”, then honouring those who died at Marikana “need not be a difficult decision” for the presidency. It remains to be seen if the government will act on the new report and if President Ramaphosa will heed to call to declare a holiday for the Marikana victims as the opposition believe had a “direct” and controversial role in it.
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