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Uproar as Ramaphosa fails to answer Marikana questions

Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa referred any questions to ministers tasked with the matter.
Eye Witness News 10 March 2016

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says because he has been summonsed in his personal capacity over the killing of striking mineworkers at Marikana in 2012, he has recused himself from any involvement in implementing the recommendations, of the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the tragedy.

Ramaphosa faced a fresh question about Marikana from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the National Council of Provinces this afternoon.

A total of 44 people were killed, 34 of them were gunned down by police, during a violent and unprotected strike at Lonmin’s platinum mine in August 2012.

His response and a ruling by house chair Raseriti Tau that follow up questions could not be put to Ramaphosa, sparked a furore.

The deputy president referred any questions to ministers tasked with the matter.

“It is quite inappropriate for me to get involved in any way at a personal level as well as at a government level in any of the recommendations of the Marikana commission or any of the related processes.”

EFF member Leigh Mathys was not satisfied with Ramaphosa’s response.

“For years we had people who were slaughtered and no one has accounted for them.”

The Democratic Alliance's Jacques Julius weighed in.

“You are protecting the deputy president from answering important questions that he should account to in this house.”

House chair Tau accused Mathys of approaching the chair in a violent way then said he’s reporting the matter to the rules committee.

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