Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has polished his name away from being involved in the deaths of 44 mineworkers during a strike in Marikana.
On Sunday Ramaphosa addressed academics and students at Rhodes University in Grahamstown.
In 2012 a number of mineworkers were gun down during wage protest after Ramaphosa wrote an email to board members calling for affiliated action.
The deputy president apologized for the loss and the use of language during that period of the strike.
In the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into Marikana Massacre Ramaphosa condemns the killing of mineworkers saying “the descriptions of people being killed were in most brutal ways”. Says Ramaphosa.
Testifying at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the deadly Marikana shooting, Ramaphosa said: “Several people were killed. I viewed this as criminal acts. The descriptions of people being killed were in most brutal ways. I felt duty bound to try and help. Lonmin executives knew I could communicate a message to the police minister.”
“For nine years of my life, I have put everything I had to advance the interests of my work. It could never be that I would say 34 mineworkers should be killed. I have apologized. Even as leader, I am prepared to listen to the advice and counsel of other leaders.”
Families of Marikana victims says it been five years waiting for state compensation since their loved ones were short and killed by police in Lonmin platinum mine.
The institute’s Nomzamo Zondo says it was still a struggle for the Marikana community who are still seeking justice.
“The state has made offers for 30 of the families and they cannot accept until it has made offers for all 36 families. We have also been waiting for apologies since 2016.”
Government is expected to pay more than R1,1 billion claims made by families of the deceases mineworkers.