Nothing will ever take away a loved ones' pain: Zuma on Marikana

By IAfrica
In South Africa
Aug 16th, 2014

JOHANNESBURG – On Saturday, a day that marks the second anniversary of what has become known as the “Marikana Massacre”, President Jacob Zuma conveyed condolences to killed miners’ families.

Police shot dead 34 striking miners at Marikana in the North West on 16 August 2012. 

Ten people, including two police officers, were killed in the preceding week.

“Nothing will ever take away the pain felt by the loved ones of all those who died in Marikana,” Zuma said.

“The Farlam Commission of Inquiry is still continuing with its work of establishing the facts about what happened.”

“We will continue to respect that process and will not apportion blame or pre-empt the findings of the inquiry.”

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry has been ongoing and seen testimonies from mysterious miner “Mr X” and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, among others.

It is a process that has been extremely emotional for the loved ones of the dead miners, who often could not control their grief during the proceedings.

“We cannot bring back those who lost their lives, but we must ensure that there is never a repeat of the tragic and painful incidents of August 2012,” Zuma said.

“We need to recommit ourselves to ensuring that violence is never again used to solve problems of any kind in our country.”

“Our progressive labour relations framework in particular, includes mechanisms of solving disputes. These should be utilised to avoid senseless loss of life during labour disputes.”

There were also many marches and messages of remembrance from citizens across the country on Saturday.

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