Marikana survivor put Ramaphosa under fire

indafrica August 15, 2020
Updated 2020/08/15 at 8:34 PM

JOHANNESBURG – A survivor of the Marikana massacre wants President Cyril Ramaphosa to appear in court and answer for his part in the bloodbath .

Mzoxolo Magidiwana was shot nine times during the incident.

On 16 August 2012, 34 mineworkers were killed and over 70 others injured when police opened fire on workers who were protesting over wages at Lonmin platinum mine.

At the time, Ramaphosa was a non-executive director of Lonmin.
Magidiwana was among the wounded.

“I was shot while I was running away, so much so that they fired the final bullets as I lay on the ground,” Magidiwana said.

“As I speak to you, my wellbeing as a human being has been severely impacted. It’s no secret, even the doctors know that [the police] were making sure they were killing me.”

In a series of emails between him and the Lonmin board, Ramaphosa had called for concomitant action to end some of the violence during the protests in the lead-up to the massacre.

Magidwana now says government must understand that Ramaphosa’s actions facilitated the killings.

He says if the president were to appear in court, everyone would know the law is supreme whether you are rich or poor.

eNCA approached the Presidency for comment.

eNCA reporter Aviwe Mtila filed this report.

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