The Democratic Alliance recently wrote to President Cyril Ramaphosa, asking him to declare a public holiday in honor of the Marikana tragedy. Opinions on this varied with some saying they approved of the idea, while others felt the opposition party were being politically opportunistic.
August 16 marks the seventh year since the Marikana tragedy gripped citizens across South Africa.
Briefly.co.za reported yesterday that the Democratic Alliance had asked President Cyril Ramaphosa to honor the day by making it a public holiday.
This was met with mixed reactions from readers, who raised their opinions on whether or not opposition leader Mmusi Maimane's suggestion should become a reality.
Have a look at some of reader's reactions below:
Maxwell Kalati - 'Rubbish we have relatives who died in Ellis Park,what so special with Marikana? Politics tactics, scavengers.'
Portia Sipoya- 'No ways we have so many holidays we die everyday.'
Thami Ka Mzilankatha- 'Yes Marikana must commemorate but not becoming a holiday there is enough holidays in the Republic.'
Tumishi Seema- 'Everywhere where people has died in numbers,a month of their deaths must be a memorial service for,even if it's not a holiday,we must commemorate them; Mmusi is right,but I can't vote for him!'
Mthuco Ntue- '16 August must be a public holiday in SA.'
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